Monday, June 17, 2024

New Russian jamming technology makes Himars supplied by US ineffective

Russian Electronic Warfare Renders US Rocket Launchers Ineffective: Ukrainian Weapons Assessment

In a shocking development, Himars rocket launchers provided to Ukraine by the US have reportedly been neutralized by Russian electronic jamming systems. The once highly-praised launchers, capable of striking targets up to 50 miles away, are now deemed “completely ineffective” by a confidential Ukrainian weapons assessment obtained by the Washington Post.

According to the assessment, Ukraine has been forced to cease the use of several Western-supplied arms, including the Excalibur GPS-guided artillery shells, which can no longer reliably hit their intended targets. The Russian jamming system, operating from the ground, disrupts communication with satellites, hindering the precision and effectiveness of these advanced weapons systems.

Efforts are currently underway by the Pentagon and weapons manufacturers to find a solution to counter Russian jamming and allow these systems to operate effectively once again. Meanwhile, other systems like the Storm Shadow missile and Army Tactical Missile System are reportedly less susceptible to such interference.

This latest revelation comes shortly after Russia successfully disrupted the Starlink satellite network relied upon by Ukrainian forces for internet connectivity. Ukrainian troops on the front line have experienced outages as Moscow ramps up its electronic warfare operations.

Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s digital minister, expressed concerns over the increased sophistication of Russian electronic interference, specifically targeting the Starlink network. As tensions rise and electronic warfare becomes a critical battlefield, the US and its allies are working closely with Ukraine to address technical challenges and enhance equipment capabilities.

The need for innovative solutions to counter Russian electronic warfare tactics remains crucial as the conflict continues to escalate. Stay tuned for further updates on this evolving situation.

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