India-China Border Tensions: What are 'Microwave Weapons' and did China use them in the Ladakh Clash against India?

The Indian military on Tuesday denied reports circulating in the media that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) had used "microwave weapons" in Ladakh. The Indian Army on Tuesday categorically rejected these claims.

It should be noted that Jin Canrang, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in China, has been quoted in some media reports as saying that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) used microwave ovens to reclaim two strategic mountains "And direct energy weapons (DEWs) were used on Indian troops at these heights."

The official Twitter handle of the Indian Army's Additional Directorate General for Public Information (ADGPI) said, "Media reports on the use of microwave weapons in East Ladakh are baseless. This news is fake.

Col. Dan Vir Singh, a defense expert and associate editor of the Indian Defense Review, says China's claim is baseless. "All such weapons work on the line of sight," Singh said. They are not easy to use in mountainous areas anyway. This is not logical. This is purely Chinese propaganda. "

Rahul Bedi, a senior journalist writing on defense and security issues, says, "This seems to be false news. This sounds like Chinese propaganda. There is no reality in that. "

India-China Tensions

Chinese media reports said that the PLA had used microwave weapons to oust the Indian Army from some high places during the ongoing military tension between India and China in eastern Ladakh.

Canrang was quoted as saying that the use of these weapons "made the Indian soldiers vomit and they were unable to stand within 15 minutes."

He also said that during this time, "PLA troops did not have to shoot and thus the agreement between the two countries not to fire was not violated."

"The incident happened on August 29," Canrang claimed. And both China and India have not publicized the incident for various reasons.

However, now all these things have been declared as false news by the Indian Army.

What are 'Microwave Weapons'?

The microwave weapon is a type of direct energy weapon. It is a form of microwave electro or magnetic radiation. Their wavelengths range from one millimeter to one meter. Their frequency is between 300 MHz and 300 GHz. They are also called high radio frequencies.

It has a magnet that sends microwave waves. When these waves pass through food or something, heat is generated. These weapons work on the same principle.

Rejecting China's claim, Col Dan Vir Singh said, "Think for yourself how much weight would have to be made to remove the troops at such a height. Even if you can make a very large magnifying glass, you still have to use it from a distance" However, he says it is impossible.

Singh says there is no logic to the microwave weapon because it cannot be applied in terms of price and otherwise.

Laser Based Weapons

Rahul Bedi says such weapons are possible. He says it's called 'non-contact warfare' in which you don't use artillery, bullets or tanks.

Mr Singh says there are "laser-based weapons". Lasers are used in matters such as riot control. However, the widespread use of laser weapons is not practical.

Research on DW began in the late 19th century. Significant progress has been made in this direction since the discovery of radar in 1930.

Strategic and Operational Implications for Warfare are described in detail in Alan M. Walling's book High Power Microwaves. It says wireless and radar technology has emerged rapidly in the military. These include advance aerial warning and weapon fire control.

Scientists and engineers are constantly working on the frequency spectrum and trying to increase energy levels. Additional applications are also being developed.

Direct energy was once seen as science fiction but now it has become a reality. However, relatively little attention has been paid to the aspect of high power microwave technology in the direct energy spectrum.

The Defense Research and Development Institute in India is also working on Direct Energy Weapons or DW. Direct energy weapons are weapons that eliminate their targets with excessive focus energy. This focus energy includes lasers, microwaves and particle beams.

Potential uses of this technology include weapons that target soldiers, missiles and optical devices. Direct energy weapons may be more efficient than conventional weapons. These weapons can be used secretly. Radiation is hidden above and below the spectrum and does not produce sound. Laser or microwave-based high-powered DEWs make enemy drones or missiles useless.

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