CUBA AND THE THREAT OF ELECTRONIC HIGH TECHNOLOGY WEAPONS (PART II)
By Manuel Cereijo
HERF AND LERF
A classic example of HERF (HIGH ENERGY RADIO FREQUENCY) energy disrupting computer systems was for example a situation where a computer center built within 200 meters of a high power FM transmitter never worked correctly, and the Center had to be relocated.
LERF technology uses relatively low energy, which is spread over a wide frequency spectrum. It can, however, be more disruptive than HERF due to the high probability that its wide spectrum contains frequencies matching resonance frequencies of critical components. The LERF does not require time compression, nor does utilize high tech components.
HERF weapon's accuracy is relatively high, but it is not yet quite up to the military requirements anywhere. But this certainly is not deterrence for terrorists because collateral damage is what they are usually after in the first place. HERF technology is being developed in the Guines, Cuba, electronic farm.
LERF weapons are notoriously inaccurate, virtually by definition. However, LERF weapons' impact on computers is devastating and highly indiscriminate. This is why very likely these LERF weapons are more attractive to terrorists. LERF weapons are being developed at the Bejucal base, Cuba.
POTENTIAL THREAT FROM THESE WEAPONS
HOW CAN THEY BE BUILT
These LERF weapons can be made from commonly available items, such as:
The basic building blocks needed are:
HERF weapons' accuracy is relatively high. HERF requires advance technology. It is based on concentrating large amounts of RF EM energy in within a small space, narrow frequency range and a very short period of time.The result of such concentration is an overpowering RFEM impulse capable of causing substantial damage to electronic components. The HERF impulse is strong enough to damage electronic components irrespective of their specific resonance frequencies.
LERF technology utilizes relatively low energy, which is spread over a wide frequency spectrum. It is cheaper to build ( approximately $800 per unit). LERF weapons have been utilized over the years.
The Russians' FAPSI have been on the lead in the development of HERF and LERF FAPSI was partially privatized, and some of its members went to Cuba to work. Now, Russians (private personnel), Chinese, and Cuban personnel are joining efforts, directed by Cuban military, on the development of these weapons.
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