US Special Ops Command: Electronic Weapons Are ‘Disabling’ US Aircraft in Syria

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…from Sputnik News, Moscow

Who knows who has the best stuff, if that is being saved for the big day?

[ Editor’s Note: This is quite an open admission by the US that Russian electronic warfare capability is causing it a lot of problems. But that might have something to do with the US support of the proxy terror wars, and the attacks on Syrian and Russian military assets.

What the Russians are doing is exactly what the US is trying to do. You can bet your booties the Russians are making a huge investment in EW, as it is so cost effective for both defense and offense.

It will be the determinate factor on future major battlefields, particularly in the air as one’s offensive and defensive positions can be made obsolete with a few lines of code. For example, high tech planes can become hugely expensive flying junk heaps if they cannot defeat incoming missiles.

The sparring games going on are done to find out all you can about an adversary’s capabilities so you can get a headstart on counter measures. I suspect the US releasing this “concern” has to do with pumping the Russian military bogey-man hype, without mentioning that with its significantly fewer number of high tech weapons, it cannot wage an attrition conflict with the West. This is why it has concentrated so much on defense, its only feasible option.

Not a word is said about deescalating the current rising tensions. There is no money in that, which I am sad to say, often rules the dayJim W. Dean ]

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– First published … April 26, 2018 –

The commander of US Special Operations complained during a recent speech in Florida that electronic weapons are “disabling” US aircraft flying in Syrian airspace.

“Right now in Syria we are operating in the most aggressive [electronic warfare] environment on the planet from our adversaries,” General Raymond Thomas said during a speaking engagement at the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation on Tuesday.

“They are testing us everyday, knocking our communications down, disabling our EC-130s, etc.” the general said, referring to the US Air Force’s Compass Call electronic attack aircraft, Breaking Defense reported.

Some reporters attending the event heard the general say AC-130. These gunships also used in US special ops and have at least one electronic warfare officer on their flight crew lists, according to a US Air Force fact sheet.


It’s not clear who exactly Thomas meant when he said “enemies,” but Russia is known to have developed advanced EW capabilities, according to EW specialist Lauri Buckhout, a retired US Army colonel.

“The Russians have redone and reengineered their entire EW fleet in the last 20 years… The Russians put in millions on upgrades after Georgia,” the veteran told Breaking Defense, in reference to the 2008 conflict in the South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions, which Georgia claims as part of its territory but whose self-determination Russia supports.

“They’ve ended up with killer capabilities, jamming in a multitude of frequencies for hundreds of kilometers,” Buckhout said, clarifying that there are other vulnerabilities in US systems that Russian electronic weapons could target, too.

Instead of jamming an EC-130 in a head-to-head fashion, there are easier ways to degrade US capabilities, according to Buckhout. The specialist explained,

“The problem the EC-130s have is that, while they are jamming, the crews aren’t doing much else… they could have gone after the [position, navigation and timing equipment] or the comms.” Russian forces “know all of our vulnerabilities,” the retired US colonel added.

Strategic analysts in the United States observe that one of the most remarkable aspects of Russia’s EW capability is how widely integrated it is across domains.

“We can’t just strip out the EW capability and look at it separately (from) cyber, SIGINT (signals intelligence), air defense,” Roger McDermott, a fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, said at an event in February.

“It’s found throughout every arm of service, every branch of service, it’s almost impossible to avoid EW capability, which very much contrasts with western militaries,” he said. 

“Russia has integrated electronic warfare and offensive and defense electromagnetic spectrum capabilities into its operations and strategies, in a way not seen from NATO forces in Europe,” USNI News quoted McDermott as saying January 30.

22 COMMENTS

  1. If we can’t believe any of the 9/11/01 lies from Bush, Cheney and the four star generals, we can’t believe any of this propaganda either. Why would they make such an admission? Have you ever heard any of them admit the four star generals did not lift a finger to “defend” the country on 9/11/01, their most basic responsibility? Why have not Bush and Cheney offered to come forward and appear voluntarily before a grand jury under oath and tell everything they know? These are liars and traitors to America including every four star general with the least knowledge of this massive con on America by Israel and these despicable expletive deleted cowards and traitors who are enjoying the good life on lavish pensions some even with Secret Service Protection! This country has reached rock bottom.

  2. This War of Terror will not end until:
    1) The BIS and Rothschild’s Central Banks worldwide are ended. No more Endless Fiat for Endless Wars.
    2) Israel is removed from the map. Rothschild’s Lucifarian fiefdom.
    3) The Rothchild bloodline is Ended completely.

  3. The arrogant and boisterous usually focuses on offense, while the humble and strong focus on defense.
    US military contracts are firstly lucrative paydays, and a distantly second, wisely spent. We could cut our budget by 80% and still maintain a superb defense, if we could but apply basic mathematics. Wisdom will not get close to the feeding trough in our system.

  4. The solution to this problem is simple: Washington needs to remove all U.S. military personnel and all its equipment from Syria immediately. America needs to stop funding international terrorism.
    America has no business sending Americans into Syria. It has no business toppling one nation after another and creating chaos everywhere.
    Sooner or later and most likely sooner, America is going to pay a heavy price for its arrogance and insouciance.
    Those American who continue to foolishly believe that America’s duty is to bring democracy to the rest of the world are delusional.

  5. In horseracing it’s called handicapping. If you want to equalize opponents in a global war you even things up.Only the house wins when you bet on both sides.

  6. So should I send a signed, blank check to the IRS, or to Raytheon and Lockheed Martin DIRECTLY?

    If Russia REALLY has such capabilities, it reveals a lot about Putin’s agenda.

    Forget America. Until Israeli Jets crash into the ground, or their arms spontaneously detonate mid-flight, I’m skeptical.

    Putin is allowing a slow “controlled demolition” of Syria. He is bluffing, and will NEVER stand up to America and Israel to defend his allies Syria and Iran.

    I’m starting to believe Phillip Haldane was right.

    BTW 25 years ago I saw a microwave weapon the US military had, that they pointed at a helicopter, pressed a button, and instantly FRIED the CPU of the helicopter, sending it crashing to the ground with no hope of regaining control.

    Nobody is caught off guard by these capabilities. They KNOW electronics should be well shielded. I call “shenanigans”. This has the appearance of Kabuki Theatre.

  7. Anyone has paid particular attention to the coin aka RMOs with a cryptic design and a load of bunch symbology of 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron?? …Officially it’s supposed to be based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida but really it spends most his time in Groom Lake Area 51 USAF installation… very curious thing.
    Here an article about…
    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/20599/this-elite-b-2-spirit-test-units-challenge-coin-may-be-the-coolest-ever

  8. Yes, the US military are testing and torturing Americans who whistle-blow or stand up to corporate corruption. This is a common practice. It happened in Cuba (which included Gangstalking). And it happens in many countries, but here in the US it’s wide spread. I think the deep state is behind this (AKA Israel).

    • Much of it wasted on supporting hundreds of static bases, low intensity conflicts that can’t be won, a massive corrupt pentagram bureaucracy, many boondoggle projects – JSF lemon, Zumwalt floating apartment block, Ford carrier, etc. Also a Rouble or Yuan spent in those countries probably goes further in terms of purchasing power.

  9. sounds like the good officer is talking to congress setting them up for a budget increase. preferably black.

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