HELSINKI, Finland (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Yesterday, 13th November 2018, the Norwegian Defence Ministry stated that GPS location signals were disturbed by the Russian forces in the Arctic during the recent NATO’s large exercise Trident Juncture 18 held in Norway, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
Trident Juncture 18 (from 25th Oct. to 7 Nov.) involved soldiers from 31 countries. Finland and Sweden, which are not members of the Alliance, also participated in the exercise.
The Norwegian Defence Ministry also added that the Foreign Ministry of Norway had earlier raised that matter with Russian authorities.
In an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday, the ministry stated that it “was aware that that jamming has been recorded between 16th October and 7th November from the Russian forces” on the Arctic Kola Peninsula.
It is not believed that the disturbed location signals have led to any accidents. However, earlier last week, the state Air Navigation Services of Finland has issued a warning to civilian air traffic.
During the weekend, the Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipila said that his country’s GPS location signals were intentionally disrupted in the northern Lapland region.
“It’s possible Russia was the disrupting party,” said Sipila on Sunday in an interview with Finnish public broadcaster YLE without providing any further evidence.
In that connection, the Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has called for a thorough investigation of the matter.
The Russian Ministry of Defence could not be reached on Tuesday for comment on the claim of Norway. On Monday, the Kremlin denied involvement in the Finnish GPS disturbance.
According to TASS news agency, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented, “We know nothing about Russia’s possible involvement in those GPS failures. There is a trend to blame all mortal sins on Russia.”
On Monday, NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters, when asked about Finland’s claims, that electronic and cyber warfare are becoming more and more widespread, “therefore we take all these issues very seriously.”
Russia is known to have substantial capabilities for electronic warfare. According to experts, the country has invested a lot of funds in the last years in technology that can influence GPS location signals within a broad area.
The northern Arctic regions of Finland’s Lapland and Norway’s Finnmark are adjacent to the Kola Peninsula of Russia, where the Russian Northern Fleet with major naval and submarine bases and other Russian military installations is located.
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Source: Defense News