Could the Russians through state-run media drop any more hints that they’re up to something and have no reason to fear America?
First it was the USS Donald Cook incident:
Second was a propaganda warning:
Here’s an overview of what is likely to be deployed in the event of a war with Russia from its state-run media:
TASS outlines domestic electronic warfare systems
April 15 is celebrated as Electronic Warfare (EW) Specialist Day in Russia. Technology is in active development today and new systems are designed for warfare on the ground, in the air and at sea. Last year, the Russian Army started testing integral parts of a ground-based electronic warfare system capable of defending troops and civil facilities against aerospace attacks.
An electronic warfare system is a major element of the military organization of a state and an integral part of all armed conflicts of the past few years and has proven its efficiency in the Russian air task force’s operation in Syria.
Electronic warfare system classification
- Airborne EW systems
- Ground-based EW systems
- Naval EW systems
Russia’s electronic warfare history dates back to the Russo-Japanese War. Specifically, on April 15, 1904, when a squadron of Japanese warships was shelling the inner harbor of Port Arthur, radio stations of the Russian battleship Pobeda and the coastal post Zolotaya Gora caused interference to the enemy’s radio communications to seriously impair the transmission of telegrams by hostile fire-control vessels.
As Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said, all military conflicts show that electronic warfare means are most of all effective and in great demand in troops in all areas.
According to Russia’s Electronic Warfare Force Commander Major-General Yuri Lastochkin, modern Russian military technology surpasses Western rivals by a number of characteristics, including the range of its operation. This is achieved through the use of more powerful transmitters and more effective antenna systems.
Considerable attention is also paid to developing platforms with unmanned aerial vehicles. A specialized Electronic Warfare practice range is planned to be created by 2018.
Airborne EW systems
As former Electronic Warfare Chief of the Russian Air Force and currently adviser to the First Deputy CEO of Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET, part of state hi-tech corporation Rostec) Vladimir Mikheyev told TASS, the aircraft’s survivability increases by 20-25 times with modern EW platforms.
Defensive aids systems exchange all necessary information with onboard computers on:
- the aircraft’s flight and combat missions;
- the goals and the routes of the defended aircraft’s flight;
- the capabilities of the aircraft’s weapons;
- the real electronic environment in the air;
- potential threats.
In case of any danger, the route can be corrected to prevent the defended plane from entering the zone of fire engagement and ensure electromagnetic impairment (suppression) of an enemy’s most dangerous air defense weapons and aircraft while increasing the combat effectiveness of its own means of destruction.
Vitebsk EW system
It is one of the most effective defensive aids systems. It is designed to protect aircraft and helicopters against surface-to-air missiles with radar and optical (thermal) homing heads. The Vitebsk system is installed on:
- modernized Sukhoi Su-25SM strike aircraft;
- Kamov Ka-52 and Mil Mi-28N attack helicopters;
- military transport helicopters of the Mi-8 family;
- Mi-26 and Mi-26T2 heavy transport helicopters;
- domestically-made special and civil aircraft and helicopters.
New EW helicopter in the offing in Russia
Khibiny EW system
The Khibiny electronic warfare system was made operational in the Russian Armed Forces in 2013 to defend aircraft against air defense systems.
The Khibiny EW system differs from the previous-generation technology by its increased power and intelligence capability. It can assist in aircraft weapons control, create a deceptive electronic environment and help break through an enemy’s layered air defenses.
This is what happened with the US destroyer Donald Cook in 2014 when the warship’s air defense systems locked on a Russian Su-24 plane.
The data appearing on the warship’s radars put the crew at a loss: the aircraft would now and then disappear from radar screens or suddenly change its location and speed or create electronic clones of additional targets while the destroyer’s information and weaponry control combat systems were actually disabled. Considering that the warship was in the Black Sea some 12,000 kilometers away from the US territory, it was not difficult to imagine what the destroyer’s crew felt.
Now a new complex, the Khibiny-U, is in development for frontline aviation, in particular, for Su-30SM aircraft.
Gimalai EW system
This system is derived from the Khibiny technology and is designed for the fifth-generation T-50 (PAK FA) aircraft.
Ground-based EW systems
Modern ground-based EW systems feature digital signal processing techniques that help raise their efficiency significantly.
According to adviser to the KRET First Deputy CEO Mikheyev, an EW station operator previously had to determine the type of a tracked target on his own, using the characteristics of the reconnoitered signal, and choose the relevant type of electromagnetic interference.
Krasukha-S4 EW system
This system incorporates the best of previous-generation EW technologies. Specifically, the Krasukha-S4 has inherited a unique antenna system from its predecessor, the SPN-30 jamming station.
Krasukha-2O EW system
This version is designed for electronic jamming of the US airborne warning and control system (AWACS), which is the most powerful surveillance and control aircraft with a whole team on its board. A lot of energy is needed to “blind” this aircraft. The power and intelligence of the Krasukha-2O system will suffice to fight this aircraft.
The entire system is deployed within several minutes without a man’s participation, after which it is capable of disabling an AWACS at a distance of several hundred kilometers.
Moskva-1 EW system
The system is designed for radar reconnaissance (passive radiolocation), interaction and information exchange with command posts of air defense missile troops and radio-technical forces, air direction centers, the provision of target acquisition data and control of jamming units and individual electronic suppression means.
Infauna EW system
The system, which has been developed by the United Instrument-Making Corporation, provides electronic intelligence and radio suppression, the protection of manpower, armored and motor vehicles against targeted fire from close combat weapons and grenade launchers, and also against radio-controlled mines.
Borisoglebsk-2 EW system
This electronic suppression system also developed by the United Instrument-Making Corporation is the technical backbone of EW tactical formations.
The Borisoglebsk-2 is designed for electronic intelligence and the suppression of short-wave and ultra-short-wave frequencies of ground-based and airborne radio communications, subscriber cellular and trunk communication terminals in the tactical and operations tactical elements of command and control.
Naval EW systems
These systems are designed for protecting warships of various classes from reconnaissance and firepower destruction. A special set of EW means exists for each warship, depending on its type, displacement and combat missions.
Shipborne EW systems comprise:
- electromagnetic intelligence stations;
- active and passive EW means;
- automats making warships invisible in various physical fields;
- devices for shooting down decoys and other dummies.
All these systems are integrated with shipborne firepower and information means for increasing warships’ survivability and combat efficiency.
TK-25E and MP-405E electronic warfare systems
These are the basic shipborne EW systems. They are intended to provide protection against airborne and shipborne radio-controlled weapons by way of active and passive jamming.
The TK-25E generates impulse deceptive interference, using digital copies of signals for warships of all the basic classes. The system can simultaneously analyze up to 256 targets and provide effective protection for a warship.
The MP-405E is intended for small displacement warships.
It is capable of preempting detection, analyzing and classifying the types of emitting radio-electronic means and their carrier by the degree of danger, and providing electronic suppression of all of an enemy’s modern and advanced reconnaissance and weapon systems.
Full article: Russia’s cutting-edge weaponry capable of ‘blinding’ enemy’s army (ITAR-TASS)