High-Energy Radio Frequency Weapon

What Does High-Energy Radio Frequency Weapon Mean?

A high-energy radio frequency weapon (HERF) is a directed-energy weapon used to disrupt digital equipment, such as computers. HERF works by blasting high-intensity radio waves at electronics, disrupting their operation.

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A HERF is slso known as a HERF gun.

Techopedia Explains High-Energy Radio Frequency Weapon

A HERF blast is a highly concentrated blast of electromagnetic radiation that can completely erase a hard disk, crash the PC or even fuse the silicon barriers on the chips, rendering the computer useless. However, in most cases, a HERF gun does not permanently damage a computer.

The majority of electrical appliances are at risk of this type of attack, although most electronic equipment in airplanes and other military vehicles is resistant to it.

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