From the combat zone in northern Syria comes news of the deployment of a new Russian electronic jamming system which can reportedly blind radar, disrupt electronic guidance systems, and interfere with satellite imagery as well. As a result, NATO is effectively blinded inside a bubble of 600 km in diameter centered on the Russian base at Latakia, reports, Thierry Meyssan from Damascus.
The technology in question seems similar to the KRET Richag-AV system, although it apparently functions on a larger scale. A tactical version of this system was presented to journalists in the Russian city of Back in April 2015. As Sputnik reported then:
“The Richag-AV system, mounted on the Mi-8MTPR1 (a variant of the Mi-8MTB5-1 helicopter) is said to have no global equivalent. Its electronic countermeasures system is designed to jam radar, sonar and other detection systems in the aims of defending aircraft, helicopters, drones, ground and naval forces against air-to-air and surface-to-air defense systems within a radius of several hundred kilometers. It can be mounted on units from any branch of the armed forces, including helicopters and airplanes, as well as ground and ship-based forces. The Mi8-MTPR1-based Richag-AV platform, using multi-beam antenna arrays with DRFM technology, is designed to actively jam and thus ‘blind’ radar systems in order to defend against radio-electronic guided weapons systems. In a combat situation, the system would operate as part of an aviation shock attack group aimed at breaking through virtually any defense system, blinding everything up to and including the US MIM-104 ‘Patriot’ anti-aircraft missile system.” (OSNET DAILY)
Do you remember the spring 2014 incident involving the USS Donald Cook and the SU-24 in the Black Sea? There were reports that the SU-24 used some kind of electronic magic to shut down all systems on the Aegis destroyer. The destroyer then quickly steamed to a friendly port. At the time, I couldn’t decide if there was any truth to this story or it was just false war propaganda. Seems there was a lot of truth to that story. Is this the system that shut down the USS Donald Cook? And now it’s in Syria along with the Krasukha-4 jamming station and who knows what other pieces of radio electronic combat wizardry. My advice for anyone eager to teach the Russians a lesson is to proceed very cautiously, or better yet, just STFU and reexamine your own military forces.
Seems that the Russians were listening as our defense experts were touting full spectrum dominance as the cornerstone of our military doctrine. Our doctrine was/is based on seeing and knowing it all. In response, the Russians moved to dominate the full spectrum in classic Soviet/Russian radio electronic combat style. This approach balanced the preservation of their forces (force protection) while enhancing their ability to apply offensive combat power. With apologies to Heinlein, technology is a harsh mistress… especially when it lays with a sober doctrinal philosophy.