Today I was able to flesh out more of the development of what I call Israeli-Arab EMPFAE ordnance, munitions that have two parts: 1) a warhead for producing nonnuclear electromagnetic pulses (EMPs); and 2) fuel-air explosives (FAE). Israel has been working on hyper velocity projectiles (HVPs) for years. It appears that in the process of perfecting super-fast munitions, the Israelis also created the devastating FAE that we’ve seen in Syria and Iraq.
These weapons have multiple uses. They produce such intense heat that they incinerate enemy explosives, reducing their destructive power.
And the shock wave of EMPFAE can be used to “flatten” explosions that the enemy creates.
The horizontal smoke cloud is one signature of the new weapons.
I figured that they were almost certainly chemical explosives.
Guess who was right?
Hyper velocity projectiles
Why would you want HVPs? Well, let BAE Industries explain.
The HVP’s low drag aerodynamic design enables high-velocity, maneuverability, and decreased time-to-target. These attributes, coupled with accurate guidance electronics, provide low-cost mission effectiveness against current threats and the ability to adapt to air and surface threats of the future.
The high-velocity compact design relieves the need for a rocket motor to extend gun range. Firing smaller, more accurate rounds decreases the likelihood for collateral damage[.]
Here’s a video of the US Navy HVP that’s in development.
This model HVP will travel at Mach 3 (2284 miles per hour, 3676 kilometers per hour).
Projectiles for all seasons
In 1990, the Rafael Ballistic Center in Haifa created a stable explosively formed hyper velocity projectile (EFHVP) that traveled 26,844 miles per hour (43,201 kilometers per hour) or Mach 35.
The video below was taken in Iraq. It shows a missile traveling at Mach 18.
The problem that always stymied the rest of the world was that when projectiles went too fast, the friction of the air melted them. Israel has clearly solved this issue. How?
Nobody knows. Except the Israelis and the Arab League. The men using the new weapons have to be Arabs. Although the Kurds are ready to accept open help from Israelis, it’s simply too soon for most of the region’s Muslim Arabs. However, the change will happen much faster than you think. The men who shot the hypersonic missile above had to be Sunni Muslim Arabs, allies of Israel.
Projectiles need propellants
A video of Arab League strategic special operators in combat convinced me that the new Israeli weapons use chemical explosives.
The explosion above had a distinctly greenish tint, it produced no smoke, and it was abnormally violent. All high-explosive munitions are technically chemical reactions, but most rely on some form of heat as the primer. Such detonations have an orange tint and create lots of smoke.
I found multiple patents for binary warheads that would allow for massively powerful chemical fuel-air explosives, and now I discovered something else. The book Ram Accelerators: Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Ram, edited by Kazuyoshi Takayama and Akihiro Sasoh (Berlin and Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 1997), has this on page 167.
“Rom” is Professor Josef Rom, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.
In researching hyper velocity projectiles, Professor Rom pointed Israel in the direction of creating explosive gases—fuels and oxidizers that would be mixed in a tube.
Thus we see that in the 1990s, the Israeli work on weapons built for speed dovetailed with the research on what became fuel-air explosives. Once the Gulf Cooperation Council began pouring in funds, all these ideas went from theoretical to actual.
Over twenty cameras were pointed at the missile base in Faj Attan, Sanaa, Yemen, on April 20, 2015. That means advance warning was given. War is not supposed to be nice, but even so, all the evidence indicates no civilian casualties
The shock wave is what makes this new Israeli-Arab weapon different from everything that came before it.
The rising superheated column sucked up the cold air around it. Clouds of dust reversed direction.
The high velocity penetrating weapon (HVPW) did that.