The newest innovation of High-Powered Joint Electromagnetic Non-Kinetic Strike Weapon, or HiJENKS, is a gamechanger on the battlefield which employs microwave technology to shoot down an opponent’s electronic systems. The culminating experiments are being carried out at Naval Air Station China Lake by the Air Force’s Research Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research.

Two months of testing in California concludes a five-year cooperative effort by the US Navy and Air Force research laboratories to augment the country’s military high-power microwave technology.

The AFRL’s Counter-electronics High-Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project, which underwent testing a decade ago, was replaced by HiJENKS. When reporters visited the lab’s Directed Energy Directorate on June 24 at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, Jeffry Heggemeier, head of AFRL’s high-power electromagnetics division, said that the program builds on CHAMP by introducing modern technology that enables a smaller framework outfitted for a much more arduous environment.

According to Heggemeier, the head of AFRL’s high-power electromagnetics division remarked that the weapon has not yet been assigned a platform but highlighted that HiJENKS’s lower footprint appears to make it compatible with a greater variety of carrier systems.