Electronic weapons and air jamming
Russia’s Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily cited military experts as saying that the Rychag-AV military jammer added significantly to reducing the effectiveness of the US air strike on Syria’s Ash Sha’irat airbase in April 2017.
Electronic weapons can be used for an increasingly wide range of combat activities – from detecting and defending IED attacks to jamming enemy communications or even taking over control of enemy drones, among other things.
“Hardening the kill-chain,” for example, can involve the use of EW tactics to prevent an armed U.S. drone from being “hacked,” “GPS signal jammer” or taken over by an enemy. Also, EW defenses can better secure radar signals, protect weapons guidance technologies and thwart attacks on larger platforms such as ships, fighter jets and tanks.
The Next-Generation Jammer, or NGJ, consists of two 15-foot long PODs beneath the EA-18G Growler aircraft designed to emit radar-jamming electronic signals; one jammer goes on each side of the aircraft.
The radio jamming system is mounted to a gun chassis that makes the anti-drone weapon lightweight (10 lbs or less) and easy-to-use. It is designed to fire within 0.1 seconds of startup and can operate for five hours straight. Not only is this system efficient, this rifle-like design is also familiar to the DroneDefender’s targeted audience — government agencies and law enforcement.
According to the Vesti news program on state television’s Channel One, a Russian warplane successfully tested this electronic jamming device on an American destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, in the Black Sea. Quoting anonymous Russian sources, the report also claimed that this technology could wipe out the entire U.S. Navy.
The electronic jamming shown in animation broadcast by Russia media purports to show the use of an electromagnetic or radio frequency weapon. Polygraph.info found that such technology would requires the use of external pods hanging from the wings and/or fuselage of the aircraft. On the Su-24, no such external pods were visible.