KALI Weapon – okay, that doesn’t sound good! It is a weapon and hence, it is associated with destruction. However, weapons are necessary because it turns out that humans kind of love war and mutual destruction. Fortunately, there are some countries in this world that look out for peace and the only reason they stash weapons is that they want to defend themselves from intruding forces led by warmongers. India is one such nation which has no known history of attacking a country. Every time India has been involved in an armed conflict, it has been a different country which tried to intrude into her geographical boundaries.
Luckily over years, India has developed a military might that is well-respected all over the globe. The weapons stash of India accommodates nuclear arms too that are capable of unleashing unimaginable destruction on its enemies. The nation has also developed some state of the art advanced weapons that can render enemy forces helpless. KALI weapon is one such weapon. Let us take a quick look at some of the interesting KALI weapon facts and find out the truth behind this weapon, which is often dubbed as India’s top-secret weapon.
Before that: referring to KALI as KALI Weapon is not entirely accurate because KALI in its current form is difficult to weaponize because of its sheer size and operational blockades. However, over time the machine can be weaponized and used as a beam weapon and inducted into Indian Armed Forces. For the time being however, we will refer to the device as KALI Weapon because that is how it is know among the common masses.
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1. The KALI Weapon project is considered as a top-secret defense project and hence, not much information is made available in public domain.
2. Many people often cite it as a high-power laser beam weapon that destroys enemy weapons by boring a hole into them. This however is not true and many of the YouTube videos are actually based on this false premise.
3. The truth is that KALI actually emits Relativistic Electron Beams (abbreviated as REB) in form of powerful pulses.
4. These REBs are converted into microwaves known for frying any electronic circuitry that is onboard any enemy plane or missile. As the electronic circuitry is destroyed, the missiles and planes become completely useless and fall off from flight trajectory.
5. Unlike laser weapons, KALI is far quicker and more effective. This is because of the fact that lasers are known for boring holes into enemy weapons. This is pretty time consuming and not very effective.
6. Unlike the laser guns, the KALI weapon can actually destroy UAVs and satellites in no time. This is one reason why China considers KALI as a big threat.
7. KALI is known for bursting out microwaves in quick pulses. These microwave pulses are immensely powerful and pack a punch of a scale of gigawatts of power. Just in case you are not aware, 1 gigawatt is equal to a thousand million watts. (1,000 million watts = 1 gigawatt).
8. What does that kind of power mean? In case you are not aware, any modern weapon using electronic circuitry is capable of withstanding electrical fields energy no more than 300 electron volts/centimeter.
9. KALI Weapon on the other hand generates way more energy that what current electronic components of modern weapons and airplanes can handle. Once such energy hits a weapon or a satellite or an UAV, the electronic circuitry will fry before even one can recognize what has hit them.
10. What KALI really does is soft-kill. It simply destroys the electronic circuits of air-borne weapons and planes and brings them down in no time. It is highly effective and saves a lot of time.
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11. KALI actually stands for Kilo Ampere Linear Injector. It is nothing more than a linear electron accelerator or simply put, particle accelerator. So, how does it really work? Continue reading to find out.
12. The first thing that the device does is release REB or pulses of electrons. The machine has several other components that get into action once the electrons beam is released. These components then take the electrons beam and convert it into Electromagnetic radiation.
13. Once the EM Radiation is produced, other components can be used to tweak the electromagnetic radiations into High Power Microwave (microwave frequency) or Flash X-Rays (X-Ray frequency).
14. It is this possibility of converting electron energy into microwave energy that makes KALI a potentially deadly weapon.
15. History of KALI Weapon is pretty interesting. The idea first took shape in 1985 and was a brain-child of Dr. R. Chidambaram who was then the Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Center.
16. Work on KALI began in 1989 under the leadership of Dr. Chidambaram who was Prime Minister’s scientific advisor as well as Atomic Energy Commission’s Chairman. The work on the project started at Bhabha Atomic Research Center’s Accelerators & Pulse Power Division.
17. However, Bhabha Atomic Research Center was not the only organization involved in KALI project. Even DRDO or Defence Research Development Organization got involved in the project.
18. The initial reason for developing KALI was to make use of it for industrial applications. However, over the development phase, it became clear that the device can also be put to military use if properly tweaked.
19. The first ever KALI accelerator that was made had a power of approximately 0.4 gigawatts. However later, more powerful accelerators were produced. There are currently 5 KALI accelerators which are:
- KALI 80
- KALI 200
- KALI 1000
- KALI 5000
- KALI 10000
20. All the KALI accelerators in the series are known by the name “Single Shot Pulsed Gigawatt Electron Accelerators”. KALI 5000 received green signal for usage in 2004.
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21. KALI range of devices are all single shot by nature and require capacitors filled with water for building charge energy. Usually the range of these accelerators is around 1GW discharge with the first models delivery 0.4 gigawatt power but more advanced ones are capable of delivering 40 gigawatts of power. The typical pulse time for these accelerators is 60 ns.
22. KALI 5000 that was commissioned back in 2004 is capable of discharging microwave radiations in the range of 3 to 5 GHz.
23. KALI 5000 in particular delivers electron energy of 1 MeV. It also delivers 40 GW power, 40kA current and has a pulse time of 50 to 100 nanoseconds. Unfortunately, the device is way too bulky and weighs 10 tons.
24. KALI 10000 is more powerful and weighs even more. It has a weight of 26 tons. Both KALI 5000 and KALI 10000 are extremely power-hungry. They require cooling tanks filled with oil. The tanks guzzle up 12,000 liters of oil.
25. Unfortunately, KALI accelerators require a lot of time to recharge. Since the recharge time is way too much, it is not really possible to put KALI to use as a weapon – at least not it its present form.
26. Despite the fact that KALI is not yet ready to be used as a weapon on its own, it has been used for several other purposes. TBRL or Terminal Ballistics Research Institute located in Chandigarh uses KALI. The X-Rays emitted by the accelerator are used as illuminator that allows photography at ultrahigh speeds.
27. EM research also benefits from KALI because it can be tweaked for emitting microwaves. DRDO in particular has used KALI versions that emit microwaves for testing LCA electronics. LCA stands for Light Combat Aircraft and KALI microwaves have been used for see how the LCA electronics stand against microwave attacks by enemies.
28. Scientists have also used KALI to produce what is known as electrostatic shields for missiles and LCA to outsmart electromagnetic attacks by enemies. Not just that, they have also created similar shields for satellites so that they stay protected from electromagnetic impulses that are produced by cosmic activities as well as nuclear explosions.
29. Currently efforts are being made to weaponize KALI. It is not an easy task because for KALI to work as a weapon, it should be more compact and have a faster recharging time. Currently KALI devices are all single shot accelerators, making them pretty useless as weapons.
30. However, with proper developments, KALI can become a complete system. For this to happen, several other components are to be developed and manufactured. There are several floating reports which state that weaponized KALI being placed in Airborne Defence Systems and II-76 aircraft. The authenticity of such reports are yet to be confirmed. There are additional speculations that KALI may also be used as space-based as well as anti-satellite weapon.