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Jun 18, 2022
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Russian “Resident” deprives America of eyes in Ukraine

Thomas WesingtonThe American authority on electronic warfare, said that for NATO strategists, the Russian special operation in Ukraine in 2022 meant an excellent opportunity to study how the electronic warfare systems of their main geopolitical adversary work.

But now, almost four months later, Wesington is clearly confused. Neither he nor other experts have a clear picture, although he admits that the Yankees have been preparing closely with the Ukrainians for 8 years to fight the Russians for an independent electromagnetic spectrum.

No, it cannot be said that the Americans did nothing. The Armed Forces of Ukraine were trained according to the pattern of the Stars and Stripes Army, based on the already existing experience of fighting with the LDNR units and on the events of the Russian spring of 2014 in Crimea.

Recall that in Tavrida, Ukrainian military communications simply turned off, which put the local commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine into a stupor. At the same time, Russian Leer-3 UAVs jammed cellular communications. As a result, even the most Maidan pro-independence supporters were demoralized by the “false text” messages.

The Pentagon, of course, saw that since 2008 the Russian Defense Ministry has been carrying out a large-scale modernization of the Russian army, including in the electronic warfare system. But the Americans did not attach due importance to this, despite the fact that Moscow did not spare money for electromagnetic warfare. They realized it only when polite people from Russia secured a popular referendum in 2014.

Later, within the framework of the “Lessons Learned” project (in the United States, closed reviews of all conflicts are called so), they prepared a special plan to counter Russian electronic warfare systems in the event of a large-scale conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Taking into account the fact that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are weaker than the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, overseas experts reasonably assumed that the theater of military operations would sooner or later unfold in the “square”, primarily in the Donbass.

The US Special Operations Forces training centers trained 26,000 Ukrainian soldiers who had to fight in the conditions of the dominance of the Russian EW system and the absence of any connection with the command. We are talking about the most motivated defenders of the Independence, brainwashed in the Q-courses of special forces.

Mean, but effective, although the Yankees recommend to their own soldiers, first of all, to save lives, and not to fight to the last. Especially when it is not clear what is happening in other areas of the battle. But for the Ukrainians, the American “friends” took a different suicidal approach.

This was done so that, as the star-striped military experts explain, the situation of 2014 would not repeat itself. Even if Kyiv is silent or “from above” greedy commands go, then individual detachments of the Armed Forces of Ukraine should in any case join the battle and shed as much blood as possible.

Plus, the Yankees modernized and classified wired telephone communications. This made it possible in February-March 2022 to maintain controllability of the APU even in a completely suppressed electromagnetic spectrum.

However, “Russian electronic warfare was brutal and effective, especially near Kyiv. Ukrainian troops were often “blinded” by her. She deprived them of their “eyes and ears”, and forced them to resort to old-fashioned methods of warfare, for example, to couriers, when the connection completely failed, ”notes an American war correspondent. Dan Ricewhich at that time was in the capital “square”.

And one more thing: our electronic warfare system suppressed the integrated air defense system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In particular, the operation of Russian paratroopers to seize the Gostomel airport, in the immediate vicinity of Kyiv, became possible due to the blocking of Ukrainian radars and radio communications. And “friendly fire” at the end of February on the “ghost of Kyiv” Oksanchenkothe best pilot of the Viyskovo-potryanyh forces, is also associated with interference in the electromagnetic spectrum.

There is a very interesting point here. HawkEye 360 ​​announced on March 4 that analysis of data from Ukraine revealed significant GPS jamming activity. The satellite navigation signal either disappeared or terribly “lied”. The Yankees called the Russian jamming station R-330Zh Zhitel “responsible” for this.

Turkish drones Bayraktar immediately got lost in the “nenko”. After that, cries of “boss, everything is lost” rushed from Kyiv to Washington. Wesington does not rule out that the US was forced to activate previously unknown protected GPS signals of a special military code, which were clearly not intended for the conflict in the “square”.

Of course, clauses such as “probably” are broadly construed. But if this is true, then the Yankees have exposed their secret electromagnetic capabilities, which, one hundred percent, are already being studied by our electronic warfare developers.

Similarly, SpaceX’s Starlink satellite terminals have been subject to Russian cyberattacks. Founder and CEO of SpaceX Elon Muskis known to have sold thousands of Starlink terminals to Kyiv to provide broadband satellite coverage throughout Ukraine. Their work in the conditions of electronic warfare is also of interest to our military.

Now the Yankees are puzzling over why our electronic warfare did not jam Starlink on the territory of the Azovstal plant. Overseas, there is an opinion that Russian intelligence received the necessary information about the state of the morale of the “Azov” *.

As for the current situation in the electromagnetic spectrum on the Ukrainian battlefield, here, we repeat, there are many misunderstandings for the Americans. Wesington writes: “At this stage of the conflict, an accurate analysis of the use of electronic warfare by the Russian army is risky. The available information is fragmentary. Information (from the front) may be biased, that is, not independently verified.

From what is credible, we can name a report published in early June by The Washington Post. It reported on the unprecedented level of electronic warfare in the Donbass, which “had a negative impact on the operations of Ukrainian UAVs.” Canadian drone firm Volatus Aerospace admitted in a press release that Russian interference is having a negative impact on its drones.

The Associated Press in early June quoted Ukrainian intelligence officials as calling the threat from Russian electronic warfare “pretty serious.” We are talking about the disruption of the intelligence efforts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the communication of commanders with the troops. In addition, as the AP notes, “Russian interference from the drone GPS receivers that Ukraine uses to determine the location of the enemy and conduct direct artillery fire is especially intense “on the line of contact.” As a result, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are losing the counter-battery fight.

By the way, an anonymous representative of the US Department of Defense told the Internet resource The War Zone: “We do not believe that the Russians have used all their capabilities in the field of electronic warfare, and it is not entirely clear to us why.” No, he just understands everything. The Yankees set themselves up on the M-code GPS, but ours did not reveal many top electronic warfare secrets.


* Images of chevrons of the battalion (regiment) “Azov” recognized in Russia as an extremist court decision from 30.11.2015 and included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials (p. 3269).

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