FOUR Balloons Shot Down in Eight Days!
China Could Use Balloons For A Nuclear EMP Strike!
According to Paul Crespo, president of the Center for American Defense Studies, the balloon, which moved across the US and Canadian national airspace recently, could be a trial run for an attack using a balloon-mounted weapon. However, hyper-sonic missiles would probably not be China’s first choice.
“While China has tested hyper-sonic missiles launched from balloons in the past, that isn’t a likely use for these airships,” Crespo told The Epoch Times. “The biggest threat is sending one or more of these high altitude balloons over the US with a small nuclear EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) device.”
“Detonated at extremely high altitude, they could knock out power and communications across the US, wreaking widespread havoc for a year or more without firing a shot on the ground.”
Experts in the US are concerned about the vulnerability of the country’s grid infrastructure to nuclear high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) attacks.
An American expert on EMP warfare, the late Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, published a report in July 2020, during his tenure as the Executive Director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security, in which he cites several Chinese military writings that talk about HEMP attacks against the US as a means of prevailing in a potential war with the United States.
According to U.S. military experts, a successful EMP attack over the East Coast could kill 90 percent of the population within a year of an attack, and it could take 18 months to restore the electricity grid and social order. Other sources claim it would take ten to fifteen years to completely restore power.
Around 99 nuclear reactors would likely melt down without electricity to cool them, and about 4.1 million people would have to displace from areas around the nuclear plants.
THE EMP THREAT: EXAMINING THE CONSEQUENCES
[House Hearing, 112th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]