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Weapons Innovation - October 22, 2020

What’s a microwave weapon and is the Havana Syndrome real? – ABC News

It was revealed on Wednesday that officials from the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) may have been attacked with a sophisticated microwave weapon while visiting Australia late last year.

According to a report in America’s GQ magazine, the two officials were in their Australian hotel rooms when they heard ringing in their ears and became nauseous and dizzy — symptoms consistent with Havana syndrome.

The two CIA officers, one of whom was among the agency’s highest-ranking officials, reportedly felt it again in their hotel room in Taiwan.

What is a microwave weapon?

A bright light is seen fired from a Navy ship.
A laser weapon, like this one tested by the US navy, is a form of direct-energy weapon.(Supplied: US navy)

It’s a type of direct energy weapon, which aims at a target with highly focused energy in the form of sonic, laser or microwaves.

While the lines are blurry between all three, the one likely used in the alleged attack is a sonic weapon, or a long-range acoustic device.

Jai Galliott, a former naval officer and director
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