E.M.P proof modern vehicles

Discussion in 'Cars, Bikes 'n AFVs' started by SKJOLD, Aug 24, 2012.

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  1. Just finished a book where America gets whacked by a sub orbital Nuke. Thus wiping out anything electronic, including the bits on the Presidents plane. (Bye, bye Mr President.)

    The questions are;

    Are modern vehicles E.M.P proof? (probably not)

    How old would the vehicle have to be to withstand an E.M.P blast? 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s?

    How E.M.P proof are, the old Series IIIs?

    What other types of vehicle would be E.M.P proof, Ford Sierra/Cortina/, LR Defender?

    Is there anything from the last decade that would stand up to an E.M.P blast?

    Yours with extreme paranoia,


    p.s The book was called " One second after " by William R. Forstchen. Think it was recommended by another ARRSE member.
  2. Horse and cart. Job jobbed.
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    Silly question. On your bike.

    Fnar fnar
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  4. I'm sure that a chat with a VE years ago said that Mil vehicles are EMP proofed by the use of diodes in the circuitry?
  5. Serious answer? If you disconnect the antenna and power down the electronics prior to the high energy event then you should be okay (depends on range to ground zero however and size of device).

    As for TREE - a bit trickier to defend against. Hide behind a FO big hill.
  6. The Russians kept 1000sof steam locomotives into the mid-nineties. A relic of the cold war, the intention being that a transportation system could be maintained during a nuclear holocaust.

    EOD ECM vehicles rear box are a faraday's cage, the bloody great antennae on top would act as a conduit though. I suspect other Sig's may be the same.

  7. Not just their trains. Heard an interesting story that when the first Ruski defected with a Foxbat the yanks wet themselves laughing at the very high powered, but rather retro valve powered radar. Until they figured out it would fare better in a high EMP environment than a system using more modern electronics.
    (Not sure how true the story is however)
  8. Radio ERVs have a Faraday Cage. Pointless after an EMP attack when the gene is fried.
  9. I doubt it would be robust enough in a combat aircraft.
  10. The Mig 25 did use valves in the radar, but bear in mind that both the USSR and China continued to develop valve technology long after the West dropped them for transistors.

    Edit: Swift search showed that the radar was an RP-25 Smerch-A1 (NATO codename Fox Fire), 500-600KW power.