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Russian Jamming Disrupting Travel in Europe, Officials Say
Source: MEGA

A Russian dish called "Tobol" may be jamming GPS signals.

Feb. 9 2024, Published 11:03 a.m. ET

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New intelligence suggests Russia may be gearing up for the next phase of its conflict with Ukraine, potentially employing sophisticated jamming technology to disrupt missile and drone attacks.

Dubbed "Tobol" by anonymous Western intelligence sources, this technology appears to have the capability to confuse missiles and drones aimed at Moscow while also posing significant challenges for air travel.

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Resembling a satellite dish, Tobol operates by transmitting signals rather than receiving them. Its disruptive effects have already been felt in neighboring countries such as Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden, where it has caused disruptions to air and sea travel.

According to Estonian military commander Gen. Martin Harem, the malfunctioning of GPS systems in affected regions has raised concerns about the intentions behind Russia's deployment of Tobol.

While some speculate it could be intended for defensive purposes, experts like Dr. Thomas Withington from the Royal United Services Institute argue that its use undermines the safety of navigation, particularly in times of conflict.

The origins of radio signal jamming date back to the Cold War era when the Soviet Union employed similar tactics to block broadcasts from reaching beyond the Iron Curtain.

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However, Tobol represents a significant advancement in this field, utilizing signals on the same frequency as satellites used for navigation, thus posing a more sophisticated challenge to modern transportation systems.

Reports indicate that Russia began testing Tobol's capabilities in April 2023, with attempts to disrupt communications in Ukraine and neighboring regions.

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The deployment of seven Tobol complexes, including possibly one in Kaliningrad, underscores Russia's commitment to advancing its electronic warfare capabilities.

Concerns extend beyond immediate disruptions to air and sea travel, with experts warning of the potential for Tobol to be utilized in larger conflicts.

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Germany's military has prepared scenarios suggesting that Russia could escalate hostilities by launching an invasion of Western Europe, utilizing “electronic warfare” tactics like Tobol to sow chaos and confusion.

In light of these developments, there are growing fears about Russia's intentions and its willingness to escalate tensions with NATO countries. Harem believes that Russia's actions, including the deployment of Tobol, are part of a broader strategy aimed at testing the resolve of Western governments and undermining trust in NATO.

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