05
Apr
10

News From The ASW Front

From The Washington Business Journal:

McLean-based Science Applications International Corp. has been awarded a prime contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to provide engineering and technical support for the Navy Tactical Mobile Program, or TacMobile.

The one-year contract with four more one-year options is worth as much as $108 million.

Under the contract, SAIC will support mission planning and data processing for Navy reconnaissance flights performing anti-submarine warfare and intelligence and surveillance missions.

SAIC (NYSE: SAI) had fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $123 million, up from $120 million a year earlier.

Its fourth-quarter revenue climbed 7 percent to $2.68 billion.

This is part of a larger contract focused on multiple platforms as part of the Navy’s decision to not only modernize it’s systems and platforms, but to develop unmanned platforms in support of Navy missions.  It will be interesting to see how all of this pans out, especially in light of potential EMP attacks. All the fancy tech in the world won’t be worth a bucket of warm spit if their circuits are fried.
Consider this from the Soviet “K Project
Although the weapons used in the K Project were much smaller (up to 300 kilotons) than the United States Starfish Prime test of 1962, since the K Project tests were done over a populated large land mass (and also at a location where the Earth’s magnetic field was greater), the damage caused by the resulting EMP was much greater. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the level of this damage was communicated informally to scientists in the United States.[3] Formal scientific documentation of some of the EMP damage in Kazakhstan exists[2][5] but is still sparse in the open scientific literature.
More Here: Williamson Labs

Projected EMP Effects Radius

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2 Responses to “News From The ASW Front”


  1. 1 SCOTT the BADGER
    April 5, 2010 at 22:18

    Your chart seems to indicate someone is angry at Fargo. ( I know, it’s actually the Minuteman silos. )

    • April 5, 2010 at 22:24

      Heh… Yeah, I noticed that. On a side-note, I VERY much liked the movie “Fargo”. That’s so well acted. Brings comedy noir to a new level.

      Back on subject, though, notice how wise the area of effects is? It’s area of lethal effect for electric and electronic components is ~1:1 with the altitude of the burst. Thus, an airburst at 300nm would mean a kill diameter of 300nm.

      It’s one of the reasons I’m trying to find a nice 1971 or earlier vehicle.


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