Earlier today, Zero Hedge noted in a headline that a “U.S. Navy Destroyer Armed With Tomahawks Arrives Off Syrian Coast, ‘Harassed‘ By Russian Warplanes.” This means that Putin is again buzzing U.S. ships of war and risking World War Three even before the matter of gas attacks in Syria is properly addressed by either side. On top of that, NBC News has now confirmed that Russia is able to jam American drones as the tensions escalate rapidly.
Perhaps it was Iran (who Putin is often seen buddying up to) who gave the technology to Russia. It is known that they have, in the past, captured at least one U.S. drone. Regardless of how or by what means, it has been established that the Russian “military has been jamming some U.S. military drones operating in the skies over Syria.” It is having a “serious effect” on U.S. operations, too.
Since many of the targets that both America and the former Soviet state have are the same (terrorists), the squabbling about Assad is an unneeded distraction.
A few weeks ago, it was smaller U.S. drones which were being meddled with by Russia. The reason that Putin “began jamming the GPS systems of drones operating in the area” was that they feared an American attack in response to the chemical weapons used in the region.
As stated yesterday in the Conservative Daily Post, Putin has insisted the Assad was not behind the attacks which President Trump says that he is.
Senator Bob Sasse (R-NE) addressed Russia’s “scrambling” and stated, “Russia wants to undermine our interests at every turn. It is insane to think that Russia is anything but an adversary.”
This Cold War talk was spoken because the jamming is now posing a great hurdle in the war on terror and other operations. According to Dr. Todd Humphreys, the director of the Radionavigation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, “GPS receivers in most drones can be fairly easily jammed.”
Perhaps this should have been debated before millions were spent on them, as many libertarians have said about a great number of war machines and investments. “At the very least it could cause some serious confusion,” added Humphreys.
At the worst, of course, they could crash and burn. The Department of Defense has not said if this has been the case or not.
It is said that the jammers “had a pretty significant impact” on U.N. surveillance, a fact that makes no one safer.
Still, this won’t be allowed to stand for long and already, ways to prevent this seems to be underway. “The U.S. military maintains sufficient countermeasures and protections to ensure the safety of our manned and unmanned aircraft, our forces and the missions they support,” declared Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon.
Just the same, Russia has managed to best even encrypted drones so far, fouling up their sending and receiving information as they fly.
Since these actions are taking place in cyberspace, many people downplay how severe the threat is. “They are a little less hostile looking than a kinetic bullet but sometimes the effect can be just as damaging,” said Dr. Humphreys. “It’s like shooting at them with radio waves instead of bullets.”
What is worrisome is that, if this situation is allowed to escalate much further, it may be a lot more than radio wave bullets that are used.