Blog Editor’s Note: There have been A LOT of articles about this recently, so we felt compelled to pass this one along.
We have to note, though, that EUROCONTROL and the US Maritime Administration have been complaining and warning about GPS disruption in the Eastern Mediterranean for years.
And, this isn’t the first time, or even the second, we have read about Russia interfering with GPS signals in the Baltic and Scandinavia.
We are pretty sure that all the press is because (a) Russia has stepped up its jamming because of the war, and (b) the war has caused folks to be more concerned about things that have been happening to some degree all along.
The Russian military’s jamming of airline satellite navigation is likely collateral damage from the war, a French aviation official reportedly said.
According to a new report citing a French aviation official, Russia’s military is jamming airline satellite navigation near the Black Sea, eastern Finland and Kaliningrad, a small Russian province along the Baltic Sea located between Lithuania and Poland.
The satellite navigation disruption is being caused by Russian trucks with jamming equipment meant to defend Russian troops from GPS-guided munitions, Benoit Roturier, satellite navigation head of France’s civil aviation authority DGAC, told Bloomberg.
“I don’t think the goal is to jam civil aviation at this stage,” he said. “That is collateral damage.”
In addition to Kaliningrad, eastern Finland and the Black Sea, GPS disruptions have also been reported in the eastern Mediterranean near Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, and Northern Iraq, according to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).