Boeing's new missile zaps electronics By AUBREY COHEN, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF Published 10:09 p.m., Monday, October 22, 2012 Boeing has ushered in "a new era in modern-day warfare," testing a non-explosive missile that zaps electronic systems, the company announced Monday. The company's new CHAMP -- "Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project" -- emits bursts of high-powered energy, knocking out electronics with little or no collateral damage. On Monday, Boeing announced a test in which the CHAMP missile navigated a pre-programmed flight plan and disabled data and electronic subsystems of a target in the Utah Test and Training Range on Oct. 16. "CHAMP approached its first target and fired a burst of High Power Microwaves at a two story building built on the test range. Inside rows of personal computers and electrical systems were turned on to gauge the effects of the powerful radio waves," Boeing wrote in a feature story. "Seconds later the PC monitors went dark. ... Even the television cameras set up to record the test were knocked off line without collateral damage." CHAMP hit seven targets during the one-hour test, Boeing said. "This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare," Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works, said in a news release. "In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy's electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive."