RUSSIA CLAIMS TO HAVE DEVELOPED ADVANCED GPS JAMMING CAPABILITIES

RUSSIA CLAIMS TO HAVE DEVELOPED ADVANCED GPS JAMMING CAPABILITIES

This has been a strange week for technology related news. Recall that just two days ago I blogged about Chinese claims to have developed a "quantum entanglement" radar that can more easily detect stealth aircraft at a distance of 60 miles, a claim I found dubious for the simple reason that 60 miles would not be a very valuable operational range for such a radar, since aircraft can close that distance very quickly. If such a technology exists, and I have no doubt it does, I suspect the Chinese have drastically understated its range.

Then yesterday I blogged about the impending test of the EM drive in outer space, a test arriving rather late to the field, if the arguments of Dr. Paul LaViolette regarding tests of microwave propulsion devices in the 1950s are correct (and I tend to think they are.)

But now Mr. B. has shared this story about Russian claims to have a GPS satellite jamming capability:

Russia Develops Hi-Tech Jammer to Shut Down GPS

The first three paragraphs here are worth considering:

An integrated jamming system to screen strategic facilities from cruise missiles, smart bombs and drones using GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou global positioning systems for homing has entered service with the Russian armed forces, the newspaper Izvestiya wrote citing a Defense Ministry source in Moscow.

Dubbed as POLE-21, the system consists of jamming modules installed on mobile phone towers and working as a single whole to cover entire areas and making them impregnable to satellite navigation systems.

Besides being powered by a tower’s circuit, the Pole-21 modules also use their GSM antennas as a backup channel for signal control and transmission. “The system has already been successfully tested and is now operational,” the source told the newspaper.

In effect, the Russians are claiming a jamming system that provides a kind of "stealthiness" to permanent installations, or to troop concentrations and movements, rendering interdiction by cruise missiles and other means problematical.

Whatever the reality of these claims (and I am inclined to take them seriously), the US military must take them seriously, for the claims are clearly a message: think twice before beginning any direct confrontation with Russia. These follow on a series of incidents in which Russia has demonstrated sophisticated jamming capabilities, beginning with the USS Donald Cook incident in the Black Sea just a couple of years ago.

Recall during that incident an obsolescent Russian Sukhoi 24 fighter bomber approached the American frigate, when suddenly the frigate's electrical system, including computers, apparently were taken down, while the Russian aircraft executed no less than 12 mock attack runs on the ship. The Donald Cook beat a hasty retreat to the Romanian port of Constanza, while American authorities denied this action had anything to do with the Russian aircraft or the apparent "malfunction" of its electrical systems. This was followed by the Russian intervention in Syria, during which similar capabilities were demonstrated against NATO electrical equipment.

This latest claim therefore cannot but help be taken seriously by analysts in the Pentagram, for in addition to a tactical and operational capability, the Russians are now in effect claiming that this capability extends to the strategic plane as well. The nightmare, as far as those analysts are concerned, is whether or not the Russians may have discovered a method to jam satellites directly, from the ground.

See you on the flip side...

20 thoughts on “RUSSIA CLAIMS TO HAVE DEVELOPED ADVANCED GPS JAMMING CAPABILITIES”

  1. The Russians knew long-ago about our over-reliance on GPS. They moved to neutralize that capability (defensively). GPS has a very low signal-strength, so it is easy to just jam. So, the Russians have gone that route.

    (The US knew the Russians were up to this, and have been moving for the last few years to ‘upgrade’ all the US precision-strike weapons with intertial-navigation devices. These are jam-proof, although of lower accuracy. Usually, the accuracy-capability is made-up by installing a terminal-area sensor of some sort.)

    “Dubbed as POLE-21, the system consists of jamming modules installed on mobile phone towers and working as a single whole to cover entire areas and making them impregnable to satellite navigation systems. Besides being powered by a tower’s circuit, the Pole-21 modules also use their GSM antennas as a backup channel for signal control and transmission.”

    This brings to mind the ‘over-powered’ cell-phone towers in the US. Might the US installations be of the exact same usage? Hmmm…

  2. Those sneaky Russians have “trumped” (sorry about the pun) the US again with technology, good on them I say. So once again the lights in the Pentagramaphone will burn into the night.

  3. There is the possibility that our elites know the writing on the wall. And they’re planning going out with a bang and taking us all out with them I think it’s called murder-suicide or they have sold us out to our new masters from wherever be very afraid.

  4. All this good news from abroad, while the Marine Corps jets continue to fall from the skies, the newest navy ships are limping back to port, and our new F-35 will NEVER be ready for combat. Meanwhile the idiotacracy running this nation draws lines in the sand and talks smack like some overweight, bloated schoolyard bully. With our military stretched too thin and tired from all the BS wars they have gotten us into, how can anyone seriously take us for any kind of threat. We have no manufacturing capability left, our infrastructure is crumbling, and there are more people working in the criminal enterprise known as our government than in the manufacturing sector.
    The corporatacracy has sold this nation to the lowest bidder, all of our high tech manufacturing is done in Asia, and people can’t afford anything because there are no jobs and everything has been priced out of affordability by most.
    Anyone who believes we could take on China and Russia at the same time, is way past retarded.

    1. “all of our high tech manufacturing is done in Asia”

      Not even close to true.

      “our infrastructure is crumbling”, a perfectly predictable result from lowering taxes and disparaging government.

      “With our military stretched too thin and tired from all the BS wars they have gotten us into”. True, “they”, the military, really has pushed some of these wars. In particular the current one in Syria. And many parts of the military thought nothing of invading Iraq. And those generals who pointed out it would be very expensive were retired.

      1. Our military is too dependent on its electronic technology. While the processors, integrated circuits, and semiconductors may be designed here, they are manufactured abroad, mostly in places that would not be favorable to importing them should war break out in the Pacific. While we may manufacture the bulk of our military equipment here, we do not manufacture the bulk of our electronic piece parts here. I spent 30 years working in the aerospace and defense industry, the largest portion, by far, of all our electronic piece parts come from the far east. Just how fast do you think that will be shut down should war break out?
        Relying on our NATO allies is questionable, as they are currently undergoing their own brand of suicide.
        Basically, all I’m saying, is that we are not currently in a very good position to attempt what we appear to be attempting. Unless, they have quite a few new, and totally black, weapon systems they intend to trot out should the worst happen. I wouldn’t count on that.

        1. Ah, that’s a very different story than your original post.

          However what is publicly called “military electronics”–tube or transistor–is decidedly low tech.

          1. While that may be true of our ground based assets, it is not for our spaced based assets. The company I worked for defined the state of the art in our very specialized field of expertise. That company has since been bought out by one of the global corporations, I’m not so sure that’s true now, it’s been 12 years since I worked there.

          2. WD:

            Okay, so are you saying that whatever company you worked for used sub-space communications? Those systems have been around for more than 100 years–in as much as time exists.

            Given your reference to “space” communications, I suspect the answer is no. I’m sure there are many ways of jamming that normal radio signal tech.

          3. Lost:

            With phased array, beam forming, and later technologies, most satellites are able to just ignore most jamming sources which emanate from a single or even multiple point sources. Your jamming signal would have to be hemispheric to jam the later generation of military satellites. This has been the case since the 70’s.
            Tom Bearden has made the case that the Russians and others may have such capabilities. Recent news articles have also indicated such capabilities using Tesla type shields. This would be an area of EW in which the US appears to have lagged behind, considering the USS Donald Cook incident and recent developments demonstrated in Syria.

          4. WD:

            Okay, you’re assuming that satellites represent advanced communications; they don’t. Not even close. And yes, this would mean that something like sub-space GPS would exist too, it also allows for your hemispheric wide jamming of satellites.

            As for the “Donald Cook”, the ship itself carries a phased array weapons system. It aint just a Soviet/Russian thing. Meaning the incident in the Black Sea, if it even occurred, was staged by the Russians to see if the US ship would disclose what it carries. (It is impressive if the Russians have managed to put such a system on a small plane–more likely the plane redirected energies from elsewhere.)

            One of the big reasons that Tom Bearden is mostly allowed to publish is his capacity to put up a smoke screen of “look over there”.

    2. True, I have never understood the need for a plane like F-35. How on earth they can spend so much money for developing such a poor fighter. It just cant be true. I think most of this huge sum of money has gone into the pockets of Deep State or some breakaway dark group. You can basicly just add an targeting/electronic pod on some 40 years old fighter plane and almost get the same performance as F-35. Almost.

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