India’s Invincible Super-weapon :: What KALI Really Is

India possessing the deadliest of all weapons is a hot topic across social medias, defence lovers and patriots. India possessing a supreme invincible laser “gun” capable of turning any incoming missile into a handful of ash has put a lot on their toes. As a defence enthusiast, I have got numerous queries on how BIG a deal it really is, some shaken, some confused. Well, KALI is indeed a technological marvel from India, but it is NOT (at least not yet) as supreme as it is really said to be.

KALI, Kilo Ampere Linear Injector, is first of all NOT A LASER weapon, rather it is a microwave (tuneable) device capable of emitting high energy electromagnetic beams. And contrary to common belief, it will not ‘destroy’ any missile like an Archimedes mirror, rather damages the on-board electronic system, which obviously will render the incoming missile inoperative. However, it doesn’t mean that KALI is just a hype. A laser weapon would have to wait till it could bore a hole in the target, before annihilating it, whereas KALI would render the threat futile in no time by immediately damaging the on-board circuitry.

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The conceptual KALI defence system would, if an incoming enemy missile (or an aircraft) is detected, immediately emit a powerful microwave beam packed with Giga watts of energy which would cripple the entire electronic systems and computer chips of the target in no time.  While similar projects of other countries have presumably reached nowhere, India is believed to have already conducted a successful test. There had been unconfirmed reports blaming India for the Siachen glacier avalanche in 2012 which has caused the death of around 135 Pakistani soldiers which the sources claim as a result of KALI’s successful test melting the hard ice sheets.

The story of KALI  dates back to 1985, when the then director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Dr. R.Chidambaram mooted the project as an accelerator. The work began at BARC in 1989, and it was designed to emit high energy electron pulses, Relativistic Electron Beams (REB) which could be converted into powerful electro magnetic (EM) radiation adjustable to different frequencies resulting in X-Rays and Microwaves with the help of subsequent components - which propelled the idea of a potential weapon, and thus DRDO was involved. The KALI series has in it KALI 80, KALI 200, KALI 1000, KALI 5000, and KALI 10000 with emission power growing from ~0.4GW to an estimated power of 40GW.

However KALI is presumably far from being deployed as an invisible shield for India. Experts suggests that the latest in series of KALI would weigh around 26 tonnes and would require a 12,000 litre oil cooling tank making it less mobile. Also too power hungry, the KALI has a very long recharging time, making it far from being a viable weapon.

However KALI has proven to be useful in many different ways. KALI accelerators configured to emit X-Rays is put into use in ballistic research as an illuminator for ultra speed photography. The microwave adjusted KALI has proven to be helpful in testing the vulnerability of the electronic systems of Indian missiles and the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA, or Tejas as commonly known) from  possible EMI attacks from enemy. The currently operated missiles of India are believed to withstand up to approx. 300 V/cm of electromagnetic impulse (EMI). KALI has also helped in designing electrostatic shields to harden the LCA, missiles and satellites from enemy EMI attacks and those generated from nuclear weapons and cosmic interferences.

Lets all hope that the day would soon come when India can hold her head high among the superpowers of the world, being an invincible global power.

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