South Korea Developing 'Blackout Bombs' To Kill North Korea's Grids

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 11:34AM
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 11:34AM
South Korea Developing 'Blackout Bombs' To Kill North Korea's Grids
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When your neighbor to the north is a crazy person with his finger on the button (not you, Mexico), it's smart to be prepared with a few buttons of your own. According to reports, South Korea is developing a non-lethal bomb meant to knock out entire electrical grids, leaving their opponents to fight in the dark without the use of any electronic weaponry. The effect would be similar to the electromagnetic attack from the kaiju in Pacific Rim, or Batman using an EMP in the sewers with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, though South Korea is hoping for a less dark-adapted rival.



The bombs are designed to be dropped out of planes onto power centers, where they would release graphite filaments to short circuit all nearby electrical hardware. Hit the right power center, and it would be night-night for a major city. Similar technology has been used before in Iraq and in Serbia in the late-1990s, so we're not talking about wild theories inspired by sci-fi films. South Korea's Agency for Defense Development tells Yonhap News that all of the tech for the bombs is ready and that they can start making them at anytime, but the country is playing defense, not offense.

North Korea has been threatening to use EMPs against the United States, which means they would probably not hesitate to use them against their much closer rival to the south. South Korea has been monitoring military activity in North Korea so that it could counter any attack before it is too late. The reports don't reveal what South Korea would do as phase two once the lights in Pyongyang are out, but they would have an estimated 12 hours to make it count.
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