Russia is boasting that it’s now fielding military technology that can fully disarm other nations’ military equipment.
That’s, if true, a MAJOR breakthrough within the ever-evolving electronic infrastructure disruption field.
It was ‘Vesti’ – a programme broadcast by the state-owned ‘Russia-1’ news channel - that initially broke this ‘electronic bomb’ news.
Vesti suggested that the technology has got the power to render ALL US military warships and combat aircraft inoperable. Known also as the ‘Russian Electronic Warfare’ system, it works by disrupting radio signals, i.e. jamming them.
Electronic Warfare System
Besides introducing this Russian Electronic Warfare system, Vesti also reported that it had been deployed three years ago. A Russian Air Force Su-24 ‘Fencer’, it said, let the weapon loose while overflying part of the Black Sea. The electronic bomb’s target, the USS Donald Cook Burke-class guided missile destroyer, was reportedly rendered powerless and thus forced to dock in Romania.
"Russian electronic weapons completely paralyse the functioning of American electronic equipment installed on missiles, aircraft and ships”, Vesti quoted USAF General (retired) Frank Gorenc as having commented.
Russia also reportedly has the capability to encase military bases within jamming ‘domes’, so that enemy surveillance systems cannot see them at all. The Pentagon has neither validated nor refuted this claim. If it is confirmed to be true, however, it’s more evidence of Russia’s military ambition and its potential for aggression too.
Just within the past few month alone, Russia has unwrapped the incredible 3M22 Zircon - a hypersonic missile with a 4,600mph top speed set to enter production next year – and unveiled vast Arctic base construction plans. Meantime, the country’s well-established Cold War-style Tu-95 Bear patrol missions continue as well.
Russia alleges that, in the face of ongoing NATO expansion, such military build-up is necessary. Newly-elected US President Donald Trump is also said to be a concern, especially since having attacked Syria.
Of the same generation as the Panavia Tornado and Grumman F-14 Tomcat, the Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer is a now-elderly but still very capable all-weather swing-wing attack aircraft. The Russian Air Force still operates Fencers by the hundreds. Other Su-24 operators include Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Syria.
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