Russia Is Jamming US Drones In Syria

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 04/10/2018

Now that the USS Destroyer Donald Cook has dropped anchor off Syria’s territorial waters, Russian and Syrian interference operations are intensifying ahead of an anticipated attack by the US. And in what appears to be a throwback to the runup to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Russian military has again been jamming signals for some US drones operating in the skies over Syria, according to NBC, which cited four military officials.

The jammings actually started jamming some smaller drones several weeks ago after a series of chemical weapons attacks on civilians in eastern Ghouta, an area near Damascus that’s one of the last rebel-held strongholds near the regime’s territory. The Russian military was concerned – rightly, it appears – that the US would retaliate for the attacks (despite the US having “not yet conclusively determined whether the attack was carried out by…Assad”). So it started jamming the GPS signals of some drones.

As we noted earlier, Russia appears to be making preparations for an imminent, US-led attack and according to unconfirmed reports, there have been intensive flights of Russian aircrafts along the Syrian coast & over Khmeimim base, in addition ot the intense flights of military aircrafts belonging to the Assad regime in the sky over Homs. There is great anticipation from Assad and Russia for a possible blow.

According to Dr. Todd Humphreys, the director of the Radionavigation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, jamming isn’t that complicated.

“GPS receivers in most drones can be fairly easily jammed,” he said.

And what’s worse, the technique is surprisingly effective: Humphreys, an expert on spoofing and jamming of GPS, warns jamming could cause drones 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, Humphreys said.

The US first caught the Russians jamming their drone signals back in eastern Ukraine four years ago, following the invasion of Crimea. The jammers were initially detected as a faint signal from space, NBC said.

The jamming campaign “had a pretty significant impact” on the United Nations surveillance drones, forcing the UN to ground the fleet for several days – bringing their intelligence gathering operation to a screeching halt.

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