Massive disruptions of the GPS signal over Finland and the Baltic countries come from the system in Kaliningrad (Russia), say experts quoted by Estonian television. – I believe this is part of Russian influence activities or the so-called hybrid war. This may be Russia’s way of sowing uncertainty and showing strength, said Joakim Paasikivi from the Swedish Defense University. On December 27, GPS signal disruptions were also observed over Poland.
Massive disruptions to the GPS signal reported above Finland and the Baltic countries since mid-December, come from the system located in Kaliningrad – said experts quoted on Friday by the Estonian ERR television portal.
The biggest disruptions occurred during the Christmas period. As reported by the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti, the GPS signal was disrupted in Finland and Estonia also on New Year’s Day.
John Wiseman from the Gpsjam website pointed out that the scale of the disruption is unprecedented and guesses that the cause may be deliberate jamming attempts or military exercises.
“This is part of Russian influence activities or so-called hybrid warfare.”
In an interview with Swedish public broadcaster SVT, Joakim Paasikivi from the Swedish Defense University said that Russia has previously interfered with the northern European GPS system to protect the Murmansk region or disrupt training exercises FOR THIS.
“I believe that this is part of Russia’s influence activities or the so-called hybrid war. It may be Russia’s way of sowing uncertainty and showing force,” Paasikivi said.
SVT also draws attention to the fact that just before Christmas, the electronic warfare unit of the Russian Black Sea Fleet announced that it had conducted training exercises for over 100 soldiers in Kaliningrad.
Jukka Savolainen, director of the Finnish Center of Excellence for Hybrid Warfare, also admitted in an interview with Yle that Russia was most likely behind the disruptions.
The GPS system is used for navigation and positioning. While system disruptions are a source of problems for aviation, they do not pose an immediate threat. In addition to GPS, aircraft use other positioning tools such as accelerometers and fixed points on the ground.
GPS signal interference over Poland
On December 27, GPS signal disruptions were observed over Poland. Polish Air Navigation Agency then issued warnings to pilots. – We are prepared to ensure that air traffic operates safely in such situations – assured the PANSA spokesman in an interview with the tvn24.pl business editorial team.
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