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What’s New: GPS jamming and spoofing reported in Politico.

Why It’s Important: Interference with GPS and other GNSS is mostly a political issue, not a technical or engineering one. It is good to see the issue being reported by an outlet focused on politics. 

What Else To Know: 

  • We have the means to greatly reduce or eliminate much interference with GPS/GNSS signals. But doing so requires a focused effort by multiple governments.
  • That is not going to happen when nations can gain advantages by exploiting over-dependence on weak navigation and timing signals from space.
  • One of the surest ways to stop intentional disruption of GPS/GNSS by nation states is by implementing robust and resilient national PNT architectures. If users are not impacted much by disruptions of GPS/GNSS, there will be little motivation for malicious actors. 
  • Remember, electronic warfare is… warfare.



Airlines report GPS signal jamming: Russia gets the blame

GPS interference is hitting aircraft navigation systems in the Baltics as well as in other conflict regions.

BRUSSELS — Airplanes flying over the Baltic region are reporting an increasing number of missing or fake GPS signals — and Russia is seen as the likeliest culprit.

The blackout episodes — known as GPS jamming — have been occurring regularly since the start of the war in Ukraine in 2022. The jamming seems to be concentrated around Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave — a key military area for Moscow.

“Russia is regularly attacking the aircraft, passengers, and sovereign territory of NATO countries,” said Dana Goward, president of the U.S.-based Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation, a GPS users lobby group.