Kiwi's Low Cost Cruise Missile Site Attracts Global Military And Media Attention
17 June 2002
Why This Is Newsworthy:
The contents of a Kiwi website have attracted military and media attention
from around the world after it showed just how easily terrorists could
build a low-cost cruise missile from readily available parts. The viability
of such a project and the very real risk has already been confirmed by military
sources that have read the page in question.
Who is behind this: Bruce Simpson, entrepreneur, writer, jet-engine
developer, editor and publisher of Aardvark.co.nz
What is it all about: Thanks to the power of the Net, the task of
designing and building a cheap yet effective cruise missile is now a whole
lot easier. Simpson's website provides a virtual shopping list of "off the shelf"
parts - complete with links to useful information and possible component
Where is this website: The page in question can be found on the Internet at
http://aardvark.co.nz/pjet/cruise.shtml and links to it can be found in blogs
and on news sites all around the world.
When did this happen: The page was noticed shortly after it was published
in mid-May and Simpson is still fielding feedback and questions from a wide
range of sources.
Simpson says that he posted the page after his own research into the design
and development of low-cost jet engines made it clear that the construction
of a low-cost cruise missile (LCCM) was entirely practical.
"I've got a background in electronics and software which, combined with
my recent experiments in jet engine design, would allow me to design and
manufacture a simple GPS-guided cruise missile for less than the price
of a new car" Simpson claims.
"The big problem is that what were once very advanced technologies are now
available off the shelf for a very low price. Such technology doesn't
play favorites, it works for whoever chooses to use it."
"Given the number of further al Qaeda suicide bombing plans that appear to
have been thwarted since September 11, it's becoming increasingly likely
that terrorists might choose to use their brains rather than their bodies
at some stage in the near future."
Simpson says that he's received a number of emails from current and former
US military personnel who say that the scenarios he paints are very real
and that there would be little that could be done to effectively counter
For more information, please contact:
Phone: 09 4202554
Fax : 09 4202762
email: from the form at http://aardvark.co.nz/contact/