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.

Heggemeier said that after completing the test that will validate the technology, they would begin considering new applications that are particular to the service.

“We’ll start looking at more service-specific applications once we’ve done this test that demonstrates the technology,” Heggemeier expressed.

At sea aboard KNS Al-Dorrar (P 5509) Mar. 12, 2002 — An inert Sea Skua light anti-ship missile is placed on the deck of the Kuwaiti ship during a joint firing exercise conducted by the Kuwaiti Navy and coalition forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The British made Sea Skua missile is helicopter launched and weighs over 312 pounds, with an effective range of over nine nautical miles. (Source: U.S. Navy photo by Photographer Õs Mate 1st Class Kevin H. Tierney. (RELEASED) via Wikimedia Commons)

The Tactical High Power Operational Responder (THOR), which employs HPM technology to neutralize drone swarms that jeopardize military installations, is also moving ahead at AFRL.

The moniker Mjölnir, which refers to the hammer of the mythical god Thor, is assigned to the upcoming platform. Leidos received a $26 million contract from AFRL in February to create the Mjölnir prototype and execute it in the first quarter of 2024.