According to a translated Russian media report Moscow has the ability to disable the entire U.S. Navy with electronic signal jamming
(VERO BEACH, FL) The report was shown on Russia-1’s Vesti news program on Friday April 15th and referenced technology allegedly employed in 2014 against the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea.
“Today, our Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops can detect and neutralize any target from a ship’s system and a radar, to a satellite,” Vesti reported. “A small jamming device with a poetic name Lesochek suppresses radio control channels with explosive devices.”
The Vesti report continued by highlighting what they referred to as an “incredible breakthrough” in Russian jamming technology, and said its combat effectiveness was tested in April 2014 when a Sukhoi Su-24 bomber successfully disabled the USS Donald Cook’s weapon and radar systems after the ship had offensively targeted the plane.
Vesti quoted a social media post by an unnamed crew member of the USS Donald Cook to describe the event:
“We watched the Russian on our locator until he reached the kill zone, to then ‘shoot him down.’ But when he entered the damned zone, mysticism began. Our locators were the first to go out, and then the whole Aegis went out. The pride of our fleet became our shame! The US military didn’t know that the Russian aircraft was equipped with the latest electronic warfare complex Khibiny.”
The report quoted the now-retired U.S. Air Force General Frank Gorenc, who served as the commander of all America air assets in Europe and Africa on his last assignment, as saying:
“Russian electronic weapons completely paralyze the functioning of American electronic equipment installed on missiles, aircraft and ships.”
In 2014, Veterans Today reported that the USS Donald Cook lost power after a close flyover by a Russian Su-24 bomber while on mission in the Black Sea, and was subsequently rushed to a port in Romania.
According to Retired Russian Major General Pavel Zolotarev, who serves as the Deputy Director for the Institute of USA and Canada, and was quoted in the VT report, the Su-24 used an advanced “radio-electronic jamming system” code named “Khibiny” to disable the cruisers radars and Aegis defense system used to launch Tomahawk missiles.
Zolotarvev added some detail to why the system was nicknamed “Khibiny”:
“This is the name of the mountain range on the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle. “Khibiny” is the newest complex for radioelectronic jamming of the enemy. They will be installed on all the advanced Russian planes.”
The U.S. military has employed a similar technology in both Iraq and Afghanistan to neutralize radio activated improvised explosive devices (IED), with a device installed on military patrol vehicles which jam both incoming and outgoing cellular signals.
In addition to the mobile jamming system, the Vesti report also showed how the technology can be used to disable incoming missiles, as well as defend an area from satellite surveillance penetration.
Nearly all NATO’s advanced weaponry, radar, and tracking systems rely heavily on satellite connectivity and signal preservation. Vesti reporter Alexander Minakov summarized this best with his closing statement: “You don’t need to have expensive weapons to win, powerful radio-electronic jamming is enough.”