GPS war: Russia has been jamming F-22 and F-35 in the Middle East
WASHINGTON, (BM) – Russia jamming GPS systems of potential adversaries in the Middle East. Russian electronic warfare (EW) may affect US troops stationed in the region, as, among other things, the risk of armed conflict between the US and Iran remains.
About this on February 7, writes the American magazine The National Interest.
“Since last spring, pilots flying in the Middle East, in particular around Syria, have noted that their GPS systems showed the wrong location or stopped working altogether,” The Times of Israel reported in late June 2019.
According to data collected by American researchers, the signal that disrupted (and supposedly continues to do so until now) satellite navigation for aircraft flying through Israeli airspace comes from the Russian Hmeimim air base in Syria.
Most likely, by interfering and carrying out active electronic warfare, Russia seeks to protect its troops in Syria, including from drone attacks, one way or another, but, according to Tne National Interest, Israeli sources are “more and more convinced” that the weeks of failure in GPS work for civilian flights in the region “are a side effect of Russian radio interference in Syria.”
It is assumed that Moscow is trying to interfere with both Western aircraft, including the latest stealth (invisible) F-22 and F-35 fighters, and artisanal militant drones that periodically try to attack the Russian Khmeimim base.
Starting in April 2019, the U.S. Air Force deployed the invisible fighters F-22 and F-35, respectively, in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as part of a wider buildup of forces against the backdrop of the US-Iranian confrontation in the region.
Russia is also seen in the GPS war on the European continent, the American publication notes. “Interference for GPS signals was first detected during a large-scale NATO Trident Juncture exercise in Norway in late October 2018,” Defense News said earlier. – “Norwegian military intelligence then stated that it recorded a source of interference at a Russian military base on the nearby heavily fortified Kola Peninsula. Finnish military intelligence also stated that the analysis of the Norwegian partners reflects its own investigations and assessments.”
The U.S. Air Force is currently planning to test interference-resistant GPS systems in Europe. This will be done with an eye to systemic counteraction to the Russian electronic warfare, not only in the Old World, but also in the Middle East theater of competition between the two world powers.
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