High-altitude space attack by a state such as IR

British MPs warned today that Britain’s critical national infrastructure could be crippled in a high-altitude space attack by a rogue state like IRI.

James Arbuthnot, the chairman of the committee, said he believed the possibility of an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) attack was “quite likely”.

A nuclear device detonated up to 500 miles above the earth’s surface could generate an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) with a “devastating” effect on power supplies, telecommunications and other vital systems, the Commons Defence Committee said.

It warned that countries such as Iran – which is resisting international pressure to end its nuclear programme – and even eventually some “non-state actors” could acquire the technology to mount such an attack.

Terrorists could also build a “crude” non-nuclear EMP weapon, with the power to cause disruption over a more limited area.

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