U.S. Warship Destroys Chinese EMP Rocket
An Arleigh Burke-Class destroyer patrolling waters near the South China Sea fired a high-powered laser that destroyed a Chinese rocket shortly after liftoff, says a military source speaking under condition of anonymity. The three-stage rocket, a Zhuque-1, was developed by Beijing-based Landscape Corporation and allegedly carried a harmless communications satellite. Chinese officials said the first and second stage worked normally, but catastrophic failure occurred during the final phase of the separation sequence.
Our source, however, claims Washington obtained “high-confidence” intelligence that the rocket, despite private ownership, housed a multiple atmospheric reentry vehicle (MARV) capable of dropping twelve electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons anywhere on the planet. Although EMP technology has existed since the 1960s, it remains an effective way to render inoperative unshielded electrical and electronic systems beneath the blast area. In April 1962, the U.S carried out operation Star Fish Prime, exploding a 1.44-megaton device 250 miles above the mid-Pacific Ocean; the blast fried electronics in Hawaii, 900 miles from the point of detonation. The technology has since been improved upon, and experts say a North Sea detonation, for example, would affect the United Kingdom the Netherlands, and part of France.
For this reason, President Trump authorized destruction of the Zhuque-1 rocket and its payload, provided 7th Fleet Commander of Pacific Forces Vice Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer made the attack seem like an accident.
“Trump had it on good authority that the communications satellite was a cover story for the EMP device. Considering tensions between Beijing and Washington over trade agreements and contested islands in the South China Sea, Trump wasn’t go to allow this potentially deadly device to be deployed. Information obtained by both the CIA and MI-6 said this was a prototype and that China does not yet have a second model constructed. This was the time to act in defense of democracy. But Trump insisted it appear a mechanical malfunction; this is where advanced lasers proved useful,” our source said.
Contrary to science fiction and information posited by non-scientific persons, not all laser energy is visible to the naked eye. Nor can it be tracked by radar. For the human eye to see a laser, the wavelength (or frequency) must be attenuated to the spectrum of visible light, or fog or dust scatter the light strongly enough for human perception. Examples include laser pointers, cat toys, and laser-assisted gun sights. But the military has the ability to cloak tightly-focused bursts of energy.
The Zhuque-1 rocket blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center against blue skies on the morning of October 27. Moments after liftoff, the unnamed Arleigh Burke destroyer, which our source says was in 2016 refitted with direct energy weapons, fired a compressed split beam that drilled microscopic holes in the payload module and between the third stage coupling unit. Parts of the rocket incinerated; other parts tumbled back toward the ground.
Our source said President Trump privately congratulated Vice Admiral Sawyer on a job well done.