Russia exposes its new technology in attack against US forces in Syria

Tech Sgt. Matthew Coutts, assigned to the 332d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, demonstrates the capabilities of the Raven B Digital Data Link drone for Brig. Gen. Kyle Robinson, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing commander, Jan. 24, 2018 in Southwest Asia. The 332d ESFS uses the Raven B to monitor activity on the installation perimeter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Kleinholz)

Russia has developed new technology that is causing mayhem with American drones in Syria, according to US officials.

In what was an inevitable countermeasure to advances in technology, Russian forces began jamming smaller US drones in recent weeks after a series of suspected chemical attacks in rebel-held Ghouta warranted a reconnaissance mission.

Concerned over the possibility of retaliatory attacks, the Russians began using satellites to jam the GPS systems found on the drones- which, as it turns out, aren’t all that hard to interfere with.

When interfered with, faulty readings from a GPS system can cause anything from confusion for the operator to the loss of a drone in the form of a crash.

Upon hearing of the jamming operations on Tuesday, Republican Senator from Nebraska Ben Sasse appeared taken aback.

“Russia wants to undermine our interests at every turn,” he said. “It is insane to think that Russia is anything but an adversary.”

However, this isn’t the first instance of jamming taking place. Four years ago, the Russians used jamming signals from space to interfere with United Nations surveillance drones who were gathering intelligence during the Russian invasion of Crimea, resulting in a grounding of the unmanned aircraft.

As for the Pentagon, there is no official word on whether or not the Russians can crash US military drones.

“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,” said Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon.

According to NBC News, the Russians are using sophisticated equipment that can even work against some forms of encrypted signals, though they only seem to be able to target smaller surveillance craft rather than the larger, armed drones.

For now, anyway.

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