Navigation with the help of U.S. satellites plays a major role in the Ukrainian war. After all, the missiles in orbit are used for the orientation of the Ukrainian army. Russia is also aware of this. That is why the country has apparently jammed the GPS over Moscow and other cities.
Russia wants to restrict Ukraine’s orientation
For almost ten months now, Russia has been waging a brutal war of aggression against Ukraine. In the meantime, the war can be divided into different phases. At the beginning, the small Russian neighbor was hardly trusted with staying power. It even became known that Russia already had TV recordings up its sleeve that were supposed to show euphoric victory speeches. But everything turned out differently. Ukraine showed itself to be defensible and was even able to beat Russia back a little. In the meantime, the largest country in Europe in terms of area is even attacking on Russian territory. In the process, the Ukrainian master uses drones.
In particular, Ukraine has targeted strategically important targets such as the military airport in the Russian city of Kursk. As has now become known, Russia has reacted as a result of the drone attacks near the border and is now presumably jamming GPS signals over its own country. This emerges from a report of the tech magazine Wired. In it, Estonia-based IT security company SensusQ comments. An employee named Erik KaKannike talks about how the areas with disrupted GPS signals are said to be huge. They are said to measure up to a thousand kilometers in size in some cases.
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Protective shield for key nodes
That this cannot be a mere coincidence is probably evident from the fact that the downed GPS signal does not affect random locations. Rather, it is significant cities that are now no longer transmitting a GPS signal. These include Samara and Volgograd, as well as the capital Moscow, of course. Since it is important nodes, of all places, that have a disrupted GPS signal, it can be assumed that Russia is responding to the drone attacks by Ukraine. After all, Ukraine’s drones use this very signal for orientation. More precisely, the drone technology is “Bayraktar TB2” – a Turkish-made drone.