Russian Electronic Warfare Technology is Reshaping Western Attitudes

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Another reason for the upswing in online interest regarding Russia's rumored ability to simply shut off many Western combat systems and proven capability to crash low flying Raven drones and scramble Ukrainian army radio signals: the Israeli Air Force testing Moscow's willingness to respond to their strikes against targets in Syria, typically launched from either IDF controlled air space over the Golan Heights or from above Lebanon. As the Russians clearly do not wish to engage the IAF with their S300/400 long range SAMs based near Latakia and Tartus (or they would have done so by now), one alternative to shooting down Israeli pilots may involve switching on the Tonka-truck like Krasukha 4 jammers to blind Israeli F15I/F16 targeting warplane radars or scramble the GPS and inertial guidance systems of their JDAMs and missiles.

A still of a Krasukha 4 jammer operating near Kheimmim air base in Syria (video from the Russian Defense Ministry Channel Zvezda TV)

A still of a Krasukha 4 jammer operating near Kheimmim air base in Syria (video from the Russian Defense Ministry Channel Zvezda TV)

After the hotly denied Cook incident the U.S. military of course, is likely to be impatiently waiting on the IAF-goaded Russians to do that very thing, so ELINT data can be gathered on the Russians' 'off switch' from NSA/GCHQ listening posts in nearby Israel, Turkey and across the Med at the Royal Air Force bases on the island of Cyprus.

For those who insist the Cook incident is a total propaganda myth, and that Russian EW capabilities are no big deal, and that the U.S. is miles ahead of anything Moscow can field, it's fair to ask them a simple question: why then have we seen a drastic increase in ELINT collection flights all around Russian territory since April 2014? Why would the systems that NATO's  supreme commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges described in 2015 as 'eye watering' in sophistication be limited to merely jamming the counter-battery radars (one of which was captured by the Donbass forces at Debaltsevo) and short range drones the U.S. provided to Ukraine? Would there not be much more powerful systems kept in reserve by Moscow for use at sea and to defend Russian military strong points like on the Crimean peninsula or Kheimmim in Syria?

Another awkward question for those waving the flag saying 'rah rah USA USA we're no. 1' in EW: if Russian jamming had no effect on American missiles and their inertial/GPS guidance systems, why did one Tomahawk reportedly crash near Tartus during April's salvo, and why didn't all of the Tomahawk missiles launched at Al-Shayrat air base hit their target, and did such light damage to the facility that Syrian Air Force jets were able to fly and fight from it within 24 hours? Something does not add up in the Pentagon's insistence that all Tomahawk missiles fired by the U.S. Navy then struck their target and the Russians were lying for propaganda effect.

The article reproduced below was originally published at The Sirius Report on September 3, 2017.

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A segment shown on Russia's Vesti TV about the Cook incident, claiming the Russians shut the warship's electronics including fire control systems down:

Russia, via electronic warfare technology, continues to demonstrate that they are light years ahead in terms of military technology and hardware. In recent war games conducted, Krasuhka-S4 operators scrambled the navigation systems and the targeting capability of high-precision weapons used by Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers, who played the role of enemy aircraft, during the military drills. As a result of this, the simulated enemy was unable to identify their targets and launch corresponding airstrikes. These drills are part of a coordinated effort to significantly increase the production of military equipment utilising electronic warfare systems.

The Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) have manufactured a wide array of advanced electronic warfare systems, including the Krasuhka-S4. Currently around 100 Su-34 fighter bombers are equipped with Khibiny-10V systems which impede the ability of air-to-air and ground-to-air missiles to detect these aircraft by a margin of around 30%. In addition these systems have been deployed on Russian Su-34s and Su-30SMs in Syria.

For more about KRET, see BanksterSlayer's October 2016 RogueMoney article:
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Russia has also been developing the Tarantul aircraft electronic countermeasures system for the last decade which is now in the test phase of development. This system will be utilised by Su-34s to protect other combat aircraft from enemy radar.

The Krasukha-S4 has a range of 300 kilometres and is designed to counter airborne early warning control systems and other airborne radar systems. The capabilities of the Krasukha are wide-ranging, including the disruption of low Earth orbit satellites, permanent damage to radio-electronic devices and the targeting of ground-based radar systems.

Developments are also underway to expand its capabilities to include targets at very high altitudes, up to and including outer space with the intention of jamming spy satellites and creating what effectively is a dead zone around the satellite which is also impervious to detection.

A Spanish language video on the Krasukha 4 system.

Russia, who alone possesses these systems, sees the development of such electronic warfare systems as a mechanism for maintaining technological superiority, principally in aerial and naval weaponry. Human intervention is minimal which greatly reduces the reaction time to a particular threat.

The most famous example of the utilisation of such technology was in [April] 2014 when the USS Donald Cook’s on-board radar and electronics were jammed, reportedly by a Su-24 jet over the Black Sea.

Back in 2011, a US drone was captured by the Iranian military and whilst there was no official confirmation it is understood that this was downed by an electronic warfare system, provided most likely by Russia.

We have recently also seen a spate of incidents with US warships being hit by cargo vessels which arguably also raises the question of interference utilising such systems.

Russia continues to showcase such advanced technologies in e.g. Syria which has redefined Western attitudes towards foreign policy in the sphere of military intervention and combat.  We should also not underestimate the impact that such technologies have had on shaping the multipolar world.

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