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Why aircraft are at risk from electromagnetic pulses

• Terrence Aym
Aviation experts have raised a new concern among commercial airline companies and military forces. Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons could bring down aircraft. Decades ago, the only weapon that could create an EMP was a nuclear warhead detonated in the atmosphere. But as the decades progressed, so did the technology to create EMPs without using a nuclear trigger. Now, EMPs can be constructed simply from information available on the Internet. Worse, warns counter-terrorism experts, every component needed to make an EMP weapon can be purchased from retail electronic sites on the Web.

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