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US Jamming Tech Is Worse Than Russia's: Ex-Pentagon Officials

  
Via:  Nerm_L  •  5 days ago  •  2 comments

By:   Tom Porter (Business Insider)

US Jamming Tech Is Worse Than Russia's: Ex-Pentagon Officials
The US appears to have been outclassed by its rivals, such as Russia, in its capacity to remotely take out enemy weapons using jamming technology.

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The US has been outclassed by its rivals, such as Russia, in its capacity to remotely take out enemy weapons using jamming technology, according to former US military officials.

Mike Nagata, a retired US Army lieutenant general who led special operations in the Middle East, said that the US is "still falling behind" in its electronic warfare capabilities, reported Defense One.

Electronic warfare units, which use electronic signals to remotely scramble the GPS coordinates used to guide weapons, have played a key role in Russia's war in Ukraine.

"The gap between where the United States should be and where we are, in my judgment, continues to expand not everywhere, but in far too many places," Nagata reportedly said at the SOF Week conference in Tampa, Florida. He called on the US to get more creative to regain its dominance in electronic warfare.

Two retired special operations personnel singled out Russia in remarks to the publication. They said that one reason the Kremlin's technology is significantly better, is because it ignored international laws designed to stop jamming of civilian telecommunications.

It had also invested in electromagnetic innovation for decades while the US had focused its jamming technology on gathering intelligence in areas such as the Middle, according to the publication.

Russia has repeatedly used its electronic warfare units to disable expensive precision-guided weapons that the US has given its ally Ukraine in its battle against Russia.

According to reports, they've proven effective in sending GPS-guided Excalibur artillery rounds off course. They have also been effective against the JDAM US-made missiles used by Ukraine's air force, as well as the rockets fired by US-made Himars missile systems.

Last year, Ukraine's outgoing senior commander, Valery Zaluzhnyi, in an interview with The Economist, said Russia's electronic warfare capability had given it an important edge.

The US is closely studying the conflict for information on how to improve its electronic warfare systems. In May, Defense News that the Pentagon is spending millions on developing new electronic warfare systems and technology to evade GPS jamming.

Mark Cancian, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, recently told BI that the Department of Defense had been looking at options such as using narrower signal bands or the generation of stronger signals that are able to burn through jamming attempts.

The threats, nevertheless, "remind us to be careful about expecting 'game changers,'" he said. "The other side always develops countermeasures that reduce effectiveness."

In recent months, there have been concerns that Russia's electronic warfare units are scrambling GPS systems used by civilian planes in northern and eastern Europe, with a plane carrying the UK's defense secretary, Grant Shapps, impacted by one suspected attack in March.


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Nerm_L
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1  seeder  Nerm_L    5 days ago

Of course the US military is behind.  And the fix has always been to increase the defense budget.  

Military secrets are fleeting.  The weapons can't be deployed without revealing secrets.  Right now we're sending our advanced weapons to a country that manufactures advanced weapons systems.  You think they won't reverse engineer what we're giving them?  Everything we've supplied Ukraine has become compromised and obsolete.  

These retired generals are going to be lobbying to get a defense contracts to replace the stuff; probably with imported technology.  And, in the end, it really doesn't matter because we only fight goat herders to a stalemate.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2  Jeremy Retired in NC    5 days ago
Electronic warfare units, which use electronic signals to remotely scramble the GPS coordinates used to guide weapons, have played a key role in Russia's war in Ukraine.

This is why "old school" training is still valid.  While it's nice to have a GPS, it should not be the only method used to determine location. 

As far as smart munitions like the Excalibur, the D544 HE can be just as accurate.  It all comes down to the training of those involved in the firing processes.  Perhaps more training is required to keep those skills fresh.  

In a nutshell, across the board everything is too reliant on electronics.  When those electronics go out, nobody knows what to do because nobody's trained on alternatives.

 
 

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