Russian Jamming System Blocks All NATO Electronics Inside Bubble 600 Km in Diameter over Syria

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Editor’s Note…

This latest revelation follows the earlier report of the Russian cruiser mounted S-300 missile defense system deployed in the shore of Latakia. Both of these systems amount to what NATO’s supreme commander General Philip Breedlove described as the Russian A2/AD (anti-access/area denial) bubble in Syria.

(Update October 26, 2015: Russia overrides Middle East Cyber waves)

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By Webster Tarpley

New Russian Jamming System Near Latakia Blocks All NATO Electronics Inside Bubble 600 Km in Diameter; Radar, Satellites, Communications All Disrupted; System Shifts Military Balance in Favor of Russia

When asked at a public appearance about whether US boots on the ground would be needed in Syria, Secretary Of State John Kerry replied: “Will we need to put enablers on the ground? I think so. The president hasn’t made the decision yet.”

On the same day, under tremendous pressure from utopian Secretary Of Defense Ashton Carter, Obama conceded a virtually open-ended commitment of US forces in Afghanistan. These developments come in the wake of earlier bellicose outbursts by both Carter and Kerry. And at the United Nations, humanitarian bomber Samantha Power has violated all norms of diplomatic decency by refusing to join in condemning the shelling of the Russian Embassy in Damascus in the midst of a pro-Putin and pro-Assad demonstration as an act of terrorism — obviously, out of concern for the tender sensibilities of the terrorist groups supported by the CIA.

A series of ominous developments over recent days, suggests that the neocon war party and its allies among the humanitarian bombers is gaining power over the US government, and is increasingly pushing President Obama aside.

From the combat zone in northern Syria comes news of the deployment of a new Russian electronic jamming system which can reportedly blind radar, disrupt electronic guidance systems, and interfere with satellite imagery as well. As a result, NATO is effectively blinded inside a bubble of 600 km in diameter centered on the Russian base at Latakia, reports, Thierry Meyssan from Damascus.

Russian Secret Weapon Deployed in Syria

The technology in question seems similar to the KRET Richag-AV system, although it apparently functions on a larger scale. A tactical version of this system was presented to journalists in the Russian city of Back in April 2015. As Sputnik reported then:

The Richag-AV system, mounted on the Mi-8MTPR1 (a variant of the Mi-8MTB5-1 helicopter) is said to have no global equivalent. Its electronic countermeasures system is designed to jam radar, sonar and other detection systems in the aims of defending aircraft, helicopters, drones, ground and naval forces against air-to-air and surface-to-air defense systems within a radius of several hundred kilometers. It can be mounted on units from any branch of the armed forces, including helicopters and airplanes, as well as ground and ship-based forces. The Mi8-MTPR1-based Richag-AV platform, using multi-beam antenna arrays with DRFM technology, is designed to actively jam and thus ‘blind’ radar systems in order to defend against radio-electronic guided weapons systems. In a combat situation, the system would operate as part of an aviation shock attack group aimed at breaking through virtually any defense system, blinding everything up to and including the US MIM-104 ‘Patriot’ anti-aircraft missile system.

NATO supreme commander and US Air Force General Philip Breedlove was probably talking about this new KRET system when he addressed the German Marshall Fund on Monday, September 28. Here Breedlove had warned that Russia was creating an “A2/AD bubble” over the Syrian coast, and the eastern Mediterranean. A2/AD is the abbreviation for anti-access and area denial. Breedlove pointed out that Russia has already established such bubbles over the Baltic Sea at the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, and also over the Crimea and the black Sea.

While Russia’s stated goal in moving into Syria is to fight the Islamic State, NATO’s top commander believes Russia’s new presence includes the first pieces of an intricate layer of defensive systems deployed to hinder U.S. and coalition operations in the region. “As we see the very capable air defense [systems] beginning to show up in Syria, we’re a little worried about another A2/AD bubble being created in the eastern Mediterranean,” said Breedlove to an audience at the German Marshall Fund Monday. A2/AD stands for anti-access/area denial. During the early stages of warfare, A2/AD could have been a moat around a castle, or spikes dug into the ground—anything to keep the enemy off a certain swathe of territory. In the 21st century, however, A2/AD is a combination of systems such as surface-to-air missile batteries and anti-ship missiles deployed to prevent forces from entering or traversing a certain area—from land, air or sea. According to Breedlove, the introduction of an A2/AD bubble in Syria would be Russia’s third denial zone around Europe. The first and oldest he said, was in the Baltics where the Russian naval base in Kaliningrad has robust anti-air capabilities. The second zone—originating from Russian-occupied Crimea—covers the Black Sea. “Russia has developed a very strong A2/AD capability in the Black Sea,” said Breedlove. “Essentially their [anti-ship] cruise missiles range the entire Black Sea, and their air defense missiles range about 40 to 50 percent of the Black Sea.

In addition, the Russian military had provided a demonstration of their ability to blind even the sophisticated Aegis phased array radar, which is part of the equipment of modern US cruisers and destroyers. This incident came during the Crimean crisis of spring 2014, when the US sent a destroyer into the Black Sea. This ship was repeatedly buzzed up by a Russian Sukhoi-24 jet fighter, which was able to cripple the radar guidance the systems of the vessel. Here is a summary of the incident from Live Leak:

The US destroyer USS Donald Cook, equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles entered the neutral waters of the Black Sea on April 10, 2014. The purpose was a demonstration of force and intimidation in connection with the position of Russia in Ukraine and Crimea. The appearance of American warships in these waters is in contradiction of the Montreux Convention about the nature and duration of stay in the Black Sea by the military ships of countries not washed by this sea. In response, Russia sent an unarmed bomber Su- 24 to fly around the U.S. destroyer. However, experts say that this plane was equipped with the latest Russian electronic warfare complex. According to this version, Aegis spotted from afar the approaching aircraft, and sounded alarm. Everything went normally, and the American radars calculated the speed of the approaching target. But suddenly all the screens went blank. Aegis was not working any more, and the rockets could not get target information. Meanwhile, Su-24 flew over the deck of the destroyer, did battle turn and simulated a missile attack on the target. Then it turned and repeated the maneuver. And did so 12 times.

Sukhoi SU-24
Russian SU-24 fighter: blinded Aegis radar on US destroyer in Black Sea, knocked out guidance for Tomahawk cruise missiles.
USS Hoppe
US Aegis destroyer firing cruise missile: shut down by new Russian jamming system

These developments only add to the urgency of a purge of the Obama cabinet, starting with Ashton Carter and John Kerry. In order to retain his authority, Obama needs to carry out some high profile firings, with special emphasis on warmonger officials who have insisted on going off the reservation. Obama would also be well advised to cancel the Trident Juncture ’15 NATO exercise in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. This drill presents too much danger of collisions between NATO and Russian forces and should not be held. Beware above all a flight forward by crazed neocons.

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  • Dux

    Sigh… when will you tin foil hatters learn basic physics? It’s virtually impossible to jam a ground-based system designed to withstand electronic attack with a survivable aviation-based platform like a jet. Its just doesn’t have enough room to accomodate the cooling and power requirements for overpowering (potentially much larger) ground- or ship-based systems. The USS Cook story is a well-known hoax that keeps reappearing on conspiracy websites but is demonstrably false. The story claimed e.g. that the crew of the ship quit their jobs (not possible in the navy, especially during a deployment), that the US is no longer sending assets to the black sea (the USS Cook itself went back several times since then, as well as numerous other US and NATO vessels), that the ship was rushed to a Romanian port (it actually arrived there exactly on its pre-planned schedule), etc. It just doesn’t hold up to scrutiny and there is no credible source for the story. Yes, Russia has an advatange in jamming technologies, but it doesn’t translate into the sort of magical powers ascribed to it here. Any system still faces limitations of power output and can potentially be overpowered or disrupted itself.

  • Rahul Kumar

    Thanks for posting such an informative blog on jamming system

  • Неклячко

    Russian, as well as ordinary Americans do not want war. Reassure her rabid politicians. Greetings from the Russian Crimea.

  • Jerry Bode

    Like the Russian Army in Afganistan, they ran like babies. Russian’s can only flap their mouth’s, someday we will shut them forever.

    • LZT1

      Lol, no they didn’t. It was a strategic withdrawal (as it was unwinnable)

      You ran like cowards out of Vietnam. Literally chased out by the North Vietnamese.

    • Eddie

      The “freedom fighters” in Afganistan had lots of help (MANPADS, etc.). Now, it’s our quagmire (you know, where empires go to die and all) and the “freedom fighters” are now “terrorists” (still on our dime) trying to effect regime change in Syria. What a world, what a world . . . .

  • Jerry Bode

    USA has the Champ Missile that will shutdown all Russian equipment, so it works both ways.

  • Александр Деньник

    In Syria, represented by the old system, now in the Army of the Russian Federation have the new system more perfect. And there is a second redundant system, it can make a small town Stone Age, life without electricity!
    Russian do not want nobody to get involved in the war, they had no offensive weapons only defensive. Russian only want peace and do not touch them.

  • EPGAH

    Yes, but I severely doubt China’s are to put DOWN terrorists, more like give them air support!

  • Bruno

    Dimitriy, I agree with you to some point, but not all americans are so brainwashed, arrogant and blood thirsty like their armed forces and their government. Please research people like Alex Jones, Ron Paul and others.

  • Frank Schiffel

    The only thing Russia sells that is worth a shit is ejection seats.

    • LZT1

      Hahahaha, you are the most ignorant person on the forum.

      Also at least theirs work…..look at the seats on the F-35…..Lol

      Read the article again, and weep….

  • Arizona Jim

    In a shooting war Russians would never be able to get within range to disrupt a aegis ship. Additionally US has developed classified means other than airwaves for communications that are immune to Russian jamming.

    • Jihad in Manhattan

      Russians have already jammed an Aegis ship in the Black Sea moving in because of Crimea … the Aegis went completely dark. The unarmed fighter jet roared over the deck 12 times just to prove how helpless the ship was!

      • EdZachary

        If you believe that actually happened. It’s entirely possible the Aegis turned it’s own systems off to prevent the Russian plane from detecting the frequencies in use.

    • Bruno

      Ignorance, you must only believe what you see on your TV propaganda. By the looks of it you’re from the US. Get a life and start your own research independent of the US sources.

  • Reaper

    Russia doesnt produce anything for the civilian world, tech wise. Only oil. This system doesnt make any sense. Their is no way this is true. Russia makes absolutely zero technology for the civilian market, yet they are able to make this? i dont think so

    • Rarerita

      But THEY DO, whatever you like it or not.

      “Russia doesnt produce anything for the civilian world, tech wise. Russia makes absolutely zero technology for the civilian market” — Oh really ? :-)))

    • Jihad in Manhattan

      Wake up reaper.

  • renics nikoros

    Yeah right, exactly

  • Сибиряк

    Absolutely right. Who is the evil empire?

  • AR S

    Relax Francis. The American people are in a dumbed-down state of denial. Should you take the blame for Stalin? No more than we should take the blame for our own idiots. Thankfully they won’t be able to do much more damage soon enough. Not as soon as I would like, but soon enough.

    • Сибиряк

      I apologize for being rude sootechestvennika.Vizhu understanding of the situation the American electorate.

      • Jihad in Manhattan

        I agree completely with AR S … Relax Francis! The American people are waking up to just how horrible Obama really is and most cannot stand what our disgraceful “President” is doing. Unfortunately America is not “governed by the people” as advertised, rather our elected officials are controlled completely by whoever donates big money to their campaigns. Our democracy is utterly failing just like our economy is about to utterly fail. As an American I have much more respect for Putin than I have for Obama although if Putin is not careful with Iran, one day Moscow will be overshadowed by a mushroom cloud!

        • Сибиряк

          “although if Putin is not careful with Iran, one day Moscow will be overshadowed by a mushroom cloud!”
          Putin gently put Iran from danger. Went to Syria (flew) very well and fights with ISIS (against the wishes of the USA). Where’s the mushroom cloud? You really think Russia helpless country? Many Americans would choose Putin as their President.

      • Eddie

        Comrade, as long the ‘Murican proles get their dose of cheap beer, fast food, and bad TV, it’s “all good” as they say (constantly) in the States. Bring on the battlefront videos on CNN!!

  • Sam

    A series of ominous developments over recent days, suggests that the neocon war party and its allies among the humanitarian bombers is gaining power over the US government, and is increasingly pushing President Obama aside.

    So conservatives are making Obama do their dirty work huh? And I guess neocons are responsible for making Hillary use a private server too…

    • EPGAH

      It’s amazing how others MAKE bad guys do bad things?

      Did “the neocons” MAKE the Bum override immigration and gun law by Executive order too?

  • Archibald_Bomwitz

    You know what the biggest problem with a jammer is? A jammer is like a flashing beacon and very easy to put out of order. You just need a missile with a receiver that receives the jammer’s signal and the missile will head for it.

    • EPGAH

      Yes, an old-fashioned Anti-Radiation Missile!
      I remember those

    • Сибиряк

      If the enemy makes nonsense, do not disturb him. Continue !! Ha ha ha.

    • Renat Khanzarov

      oh no! now russians are busted!

      • Сибиряк

        Laughter.

    • renics nikoros

      This automatic detection of a wide range of radio and the suppression of all operating frequencies of electronic systems used in NATO armaments

      • Archibald_Bomwitz

        An anti-radiation missile doesn’t emanate any signals to be detected! It rides along the signal that is emanated by the jammer.

        • Dennis Nilsson

          What about if the jammer(s) choose to change its position(s), to trick the anti-radiation missile to go back to the senders place or other friendly place?

    • Guy Jones

      Yet, what happens if that missile is jammed?

      • Archibald_Bomwitz

        You can’t jam a missile that is not sending any signals whatsoever! An anti-radiation missile rides along the signal emanating from the jammer.

        • LZT1

          These missiles bring blocked are not “anti-radiation” missiles

          • Archibald_Bomwitz

            And a jammer is very easy to take out with an anti radiation missile and then the use of other missiles is quite easy.

    • Bruno

      As Yuri posted: Try to do it 🙂 . Clearly you have no idea of the Russian capabilities. Luckily the US don’t either and that is the reason why the US is not stomping on every country on this planet. Putin and his power is in their way.

      • Archibald_Bomwitz

        Every time Russian “superior technology” has been up against “inferior” US technology in a real shooting war Russian technology has lost and lost big! Russian AA missiles have always been defeated and thus been proven to be inferior! How come? And don’t give the old “Russia never sold the good stuff to their most trusted, loyal and important allies” or “the users were not given proper training by the Russians” explanations!

        • Bruno

          Yea, is that what you heard on TV? I’m not here to argue with ignorant, go do a independent research and educate yourself.

          • Archibald_Bomwitz

            Yes, I heard it on tv in news reports about wars that have been fought for the last about 40 years! Russian technology has always proved to be sub standard and thoroughly beaten by American technology! Yom Kippur, Lebanon in 1982, Gulf War I, bombing of Serbia in 1999, Gulf War II. Russian weapons always on the losing side. There are also lots of books describing the wars and they also tell the same story: total failure of Soviet/Russian weapons!

          • LZT1

            On the losing side because you took on countries that couldn’t fight back?

            And you were slaughtered in Vietnam, and defeated soundly.

          • Archibald_Bomwitz

            In Vietnam the South Vietnamese lost the will to fight. The Vietnam war was not lost because North Vietnam had superior Russian weapons!

          • Bad Day

            Dear Bruno, you should do the indipendent search on reliable websites at least.

        • LZT1

          Wrong. Those countries never had the very best Russian equipment. And that is a fact.

          In the gulf war US tanks fought 1950s old Russian tanks, not the very latest ones. And the Iraqis had no proper training.

          Now let’s see, who won the Vietnam War? Loooool

          • Archibald_Bomwitz

            The Russian T-72 tank that was used by Iraq entered production in 1971. And it was not only “superior” Russian tanks, it was also about “superior” Russian anti-aircraft defence systems that definitely were not 50’s technology.
            And of course the Soviet Union never sold its most important and loyal allies its best equipment. It sold only the oldest and worst stuff. And the Soviets never provided any training in the use of the weapons they sold. Yeah sure. And its clients were very happy to pay top dollars for the stuff they got!

      • Jerry Bode

        Putin is a coward what you don’t understand is we have really secret stuff, you know nothing about. And, never will until the day comes. Then the Russian’s will suddenly turn to glass.

    • LZT1

      Lol, this is no conventional “jammer”

      • Archibald_Bomwitz

        There is only one type of jammer and it sends out some form of signal to jam the signals of other missiles, and this signal can be traced back to from where it emanates and subsequently destroyed!

  • Tyrone Younger

    well if it is so i can only think that it is in response to british planes being fitted with air to air missiles it is a game of chess and the “allies”made the first move after it was disclosed that all terrorist organisations over there are funded by the cia and the fact that they arent after terrorists they want to oust the legit ruler of syria – have waited for russias involvement since desertstorm 1 so long ago – the usa has to stop interfering with the political systems of countries that do not agree with its policies – i for onje hope it escalates into ww3 and russia kicks the fuck out of the west

    • Bruno

      Amen to that! But it must be done without the WW3!

  • Scorpio

    The Russian jamming device is good news. The cabal who tell the US president what to do want a 3rd World War. The US economy is about to crash as most of the developed countries UK, Germany and France etc are dumping the $ and joining the Chinese financial system. The cabal need a 3rd World War to cover for the eventual collapse of the $ and the US economy.

  • Man_In_The_Hole

    A2/AD in Middle East can easily be knocked out by either USA or Israel. This Russian propaganda is laughable.

    • hatfey

      and your ignorance is even more.Israel can’t do shit against Russians and considering US they are already illegally destroying syrian power plants.

      • Hacene Amrani

        US is barking wrong tree instead of shooting ISIS they bomb power plant? Vlady will Provide them wireless electricity.. to each roof! American are so stupid and Dumb!

      • EPGAH

        A power plant is a legit target in warfare. Leave the enemy in the dark. Since ISIS is proven to use normal “civilian” Internet, destroying electricity will do a LOT to disrupt their C&C.

    • Kurta Murta

      Hahahaha! The only thing USA and Israel can do is CRY over RUSSIAN SUPREMECY! You can join therm, CRYBABY! Hahahaha! 😉

  • stevefernandez661

    It’s sad when the whole world knows the CIA funds known terrorist and we do nothing about it

  • Given that Russia speaks of operating within international law and given that both Russian and China are working toward win-win development of all cooperating nations, it is important that they have the military ability to block military confrontation. This system – The Richag-AV system is said to have no global equivalent. Its electronic countermeasures system is designed to jam radar, sonar and other detection systems in the aims of defending aircraft, helicopters, drones, ground and naval forces against air-to-air and surface-to-air defense systems within a radius of several hundred kilometers – is one powerful part of an effective military system with which Russia can stop US from undermining peaceful world development.

    • EPGAH

      Since when does China care about peace? They already said that if this peace means submission to America, they don’t want it–and they’ve built whole artificial ISLANDS full of warplanes and warships in international and other countries’ waters to prove they don’t care about peace!

      • Paul Hartman

        We really don’t have room to talk about building bases up on other countries and caring about peace. We haven’t stopped fighting in decades.
        And the vast majority of our ‘peace’ actions have directly led to more non peaceful action.

      • Arkadii S.

        So what’s wrong, you didn’t like the words: “…if this peace means submission to America”?

        • EPGAH

          What is war except refusing to bow to the rules of the world–and being willing to kill to break those rules?

          Sadly, we don’t have a newspaper the size of Connecticut to wap them on the nose and say “Bad! Get back in line!” so we have to fight them with killing also.

          • Eddie

            We’ll show those Rooskies . . . . Now that the U.S military is so “enlightened” we can all look forward to flag-draped caskets of gays, transgenders, and our sweet ‘Murikan girls rolling off the transports at Dover Military Base. Oooo-RAH!! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!!

      • Daniel Apaza

        If you compare that to the 900+ bases we have….m the Chinese are very peaceful

        • EPGAH

          Sadly, we need bases everywhere, to have “instant” response when another country causes trouble.

          • LZT1

            These problems exist because of your actions in the first place

          • Eddie

            “Instant” my ass. The U.S. And NATO can’t wipe their asses without telegraphing it and taking a month or three to get up and running.

      • Claudio Cadalço

        really…? r u serious? US have their filth fingers on all wars since 60’s… no war have started without the CIA behind it… no war. look for kadafhi was murdered… Saddam? Ukraine? all places you look there are false flags to instigate war… look for the general clark, he said that US would invade 7 contries in 5 years… no matter what.. just because they have a hammer and everything just looks like nails… Now it’s time to pay back…can you imagine Russia with their new toy saying the same.. they have a hammer and now USA looks like nail? oppsss … no no no no… it’s hard to see that NATO HAVE SURRONDED RUSSIA WITH NUCLEAR MISSILES? Just imagine Putin in a bad day? say… let’s give them some of their own poison.

        • EPGAH

          Yes, Russia stole our nuclear tech and has been threatening us with it for almost 60 years, which is what started these pussy Proxy Wars.

          Bush Jr. had started trying to contain Russia and their allies with ABMs, but the Bum pulled the plug on Poland and left them twisting in the wind.

        • EPGAH

          Really? So Viet Cong weren’t armed by Russia?
          North Korea wasn’t caused by China?
          South Africa’s ANC terrorists?

          The IRA?
          You want to blame all that on Americans?

      • Bruno

        It is quite clear that you have no idea what is the difference between peace and slavery. Every single place the Us invaded is in ruins and worst off then before.

        • EPGAH

          Wait, what? Any place we FAILED to pacify has turned to ruins, like Vietnam or North Korea.
          Places we DID pacify are thriving, like Japan or South Korea. Tell me, is your phone a SAMSUNG?

    • Claudio Cadalço

      this is the end of imperialism… US 130 Trillion dollars debt will crush down next year… US or NATO have no power to go against Russia (China/Iran/India – together)… with their capabilitie they would put down all the NATO AND USA MISSILES AND FIGHTER JETS. easy.

      • You nailed it!

      • EPGAH

        BTW, why do you mention Iran? Whose side is Iran really on?

        Iran threatens us with nukes, and is our “enemy”…but the Bum’s right hand is Iranian herself.

        • Eddie

          “Whose side is Iran really on?”

          Why, Iran’s side, silly. Can you blame them? The “exceptional” U.S. Has done nothing but stab them in the back since recent memory (1953). All that kerfuffle about Iran’s nukes . . . I’ve got one word for you: Israel. NNPT anyone? Symington Amendment? Can you say “hypocricy” kids? [I knew you could.]

          Bring on the hubris! Vlad’s got your number.

      • EPGAH

        What about the $150 BILLION we just gave Iran?

    • EPGAH

      I thought that’s what America’s ABM system was going to do–until the Bum pulled the plug on it!

    • Jerry Bode

      Our Champ Missile system is the equal. Learn something before you open your mouth.

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    predivna vest!!! Setite se,’Donalda C.’ -Spasiba,u napred!?

  • Assuming that this is factual, and I have no reason to assume it isn’t, it still does not mean Obama will sack anyone. Obama has only two driving forces in life – utter, total, spineless fealty to his owners in the military industrial complex on the one hand, and self-interest on the other. He is already looking forward to a life on the lecture circuit where he can charge millions for speeches. To do this he can’t appear as a “weak” or “loser” president. As such he will keep escalating, in the hope that he will force Russia to back down. He is too stupid, and too much of a house slave to his military-industrial complex owners, to realise that Russia is confronted with an existential threat and will not back down. Unless Barack Hussein Obama is dragged out of the White House and replaced with a non-political, non-interventionist person with no links to Wall Street, the world is faced with nuclear war.

    • Nicachipal

      We hope, he is dragged out of the White House. The US-population need to wake up and confront their government. We all want peace and harmony in this world. But these criminals in Washington have a different agenda.

      • Faustin K

        Nicachipal I agree 100% with your statement indeed

      • Daniel Apaza

        Lol

    • EPGAH

      He already appears a loser, weak or not.

      http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/06/04/Fog-War-US-Has-Armed-ISIS
      Pulling out of Iraq early was a bad move, but worse, gave the terrorists THOUSANDS of our toys that we left behind.

      That sheer SCALE of forgetfulness cannot have been an accident. The Bum gave the bad guys our toys on purpose.

      Now can you please explain your comment about Russia’s “existential threat”?