What’s New: Ukraine’s top military commander announcing a nation-wide spoofing system.
Why It’s Important: Electronic warfare / navigation warfare is getting to be a much larger part of this conflict. Considering Israel’s extensive jamming and spoofing, the implications for future conflicts everywhere, anti-terrorism needs, systems to protect against autonomous weapons, etc. are significant.
What Else to Know: The New Scientist article is based on a paper by General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, published by a think tank in Chile (see below). In the paper, Gen. Zaluzhnyi makes two particularly interesting statements about navigation warfare and Ukraine’s actions:
- “… the capabilities to counter enemy high-precision weapons (guided missiles, UAVs) are being increased by deploying the “Pokrova” nationwide EW system with the possibility of replacing the satellite radio navigation field (“spoofing”), suppressing satellite radio navigation along the entire line of contact and in most parts of Ukraine. “
This seem to indicate they have or are going to install a capability to spoof GPS/GNSS anywhere on the battle front and most other places in the country. It is very likely it will not be activated all the time. Since they are integrating Pokrova into their command and control, It would likely only be in places and at times when they were actually under attack by drones or missiles. This would minimize the side effects to their own infrastructure, military GPS capability, etc.
- “Building up local GPS fields to improve the operation of precision guided munition navigation tools;” An interesting comment. We are not so sure what this means. Perhaps improving the jam resistance of weapons with multi-element antennas, or software?
A nationwide electronic warfare system called Pokrova can disrupt satellite navigation – Ukraine may already be using it to prevent strikes by Russian drones and missiles, but doing so will also affect satnavs in the country
2 February 2024
Ukraine is deploying a nationwide electronic warfare system to confuse satellite navigation. Known as Pokrova, the system aims to prevent Russian missiles and drones from finding their targets and may already be in operation. It is likely to also affect satellite navigation for people in Ukraine.
Having launched the large-scale armed aggression against Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the russian federation provoked the beginning of an unprecedented global security crisis, the largest since the end of the Second World War. russian great-power chauvinism multiplied by sick imperial ambitions gradually turns the military conflict it began in the centre of Europe into an armed confrontation between democratic and authoritarian political regimes with the prospect of its spread to other regions of the planet with similar geopolitical models (Israel and the Gaza Strip, South and North Koreas, Taiwan and China, etc.). The insufficient effectiveness of the existing global political regulatory mechanisms, primarily the UN and the OSCE, leaves Ukraine no choice but to restore its territorial integrity after the large-scale armed aggression within the internationally recognized borders of 1991, exclusively by military force, in which its Armed Forces (AF) play a decisive role.
Having entered the war with a stronger enemy, which has a lot of weapons and a much greater mobilization capabilities, Ukraine was not only able to stop it, but also to conduct a successful counteroffensive in 2022 and stave the enemy off along many axes. The people of Ukraine have demonstrated their willingness not in words, but in deeds to lay down their soul and body for their freedom. However, due to many subjective and objective reasons, the war at the present stage is gradually moving to a positional form, a way out of which in the historical retrospect has always been difficult for both the Armed Forces and the state as a whole. At the same time, the prolongation of a war, as a rule, in most cases, is beneficial to one of the parties to the conflict. In our particular case, it is the russian federation, as it gives it the opportunity to reconstitute and build up its military power. Therefore, the issues of understanding the causes of such a situation, finding possible ways out of it and changing the nature and course of this war in favour of Ukraine are of particular relevance in modern conditions.
An analysis of the current situation in which the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other components of the state Defence Forces are placed shows that in order to find a way out of the positional form of warfare, it is necessary to: gain air superiority; breach mine barriers in depth; increase the effectiveness of counter-battery; create and train the necessary reserves; build up electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. Therefore, the determination of the reasons for the transition of hostilities to the positional form and the search for possible ways out of this situation should obviously be carried out according to these main components. It should be noted that the above-mentioned components in no way level the role and place of missiles and ammunition, artillery systems, missile systems, electronic warfare, other types of weapons and equipment provided by partners. They only complement them in the context of increasing the capabilities of the Defence Forces through new technological solutions and innovative approaches on a way out of the positional crisis on the line of contact. Let’s consider these reasons in more detail. [CONTINÚA]
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine