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[ISN] MPs warn over nuclear space bombs and solar flares
22 February 2012
The government must take more seriously the threat of a nuclear weapon being
exploded in space by a rogue state, MPs have warned.
The Defence Select Committee said the resulting radiation pulse could disrupt
power and water supplies, UK defence and satellite navigation systems.
Its chairman, Tory MP James Arbuthnot, said an attack was "quite likely".
The committee is urging ministers to invest in more "hardened" technology to
cope with such an event.
It looked at the threat to the UK's technological infrastructure from
"electromagnetic pulse" (EMP) events in space, which could also include the
eruption of solar flares.
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