Officials: Russia is jamming U.S. drones operating over Syria

Officials: Russia is jamming U.S. drones operating over Syria
Russian Krasukha-2/4 electronic warfare (EW) system, on display in 2014. Reportedly deployed to Syria in 2015-2016. (Image: Wikimedia Commons. Vitaly V. Kuzmin - http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/620 )

[Ed. – Moving finger is moving on here, as well.  The advantage is shifting to the “denial” side, and America’s ability to act unfettered is going to take some serious hits in the coming days.]

The Russian military has been jamming some U.S. military drones operating in the skies over Syria, seriously affecting American military operations, according to four U.S. officials.

The Russians began jamming some smaller U.S. drones several weeks ago, the officials said, after a series of suspected chemical weapons attacks on civilians in rebel-held eastern Ghouta. The Russian military was concerned the U.S. military would retaliate for the attacks and began jamming the GPS systems of drones operating in the area, the officials explained. …

[Todd] Humphreys, an expert on the spoofing and jamming of GPS, warns this could have a significant impact on U.S. drones, causing them to malfunction or even crash. “At the very least it could cause some serious confusion” for the drone operator on the ground if the drone reports an incorrect position or is lost, he said.

U.S. analysts first caught the Russian military jamming drones in eastern Ukraine four years ago, after the invasion of Crimea, according to Humphreys.

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