Image: 360Radar on X

What’s New: A post on X showing part of the quiet, understated U.S./ NATO response to Russian GPS jamming and spoofing in the Baltic. A U.S. Air Force electronic warfare aircraft circled Kaliningrad, Russia, yesterday.

Why It’s Important: Kaliningrad has been the source of GPS jamming and spoofing for quite some time. See our previous posts.

What Else to Know:

  • “Rivet Joint” is the name of the electronic warfare version of a KC-137.
  • The aircraft is advertised as having an “…on-board sensor suite, which allows the mission crew to detect, identify and geolocate signals throughout the electromagnetic spectrum.”
  • This U.S. Air Force aircraft came from RAF Mildenhall in the UK.
  • Kaliningrad is part of Russia on the Baltic Sea, but is physically separated from the rest of Russia by Lithuania, Latvia, and Belarus. So it is possible to circle Kaliningrad by overflying Poland, Lithuania, and the Baltic and never overfly Russian territory.
  • The flight pattern depicted below looks to be ideal for detecting and analyzing all manner of transmissions from Kaliningrad.