Russia Starts Trial of New Electromagnetic Warfare System

April 26, 2016 Updated: April 28, 2016

Russia has began testing out its new electromagnetic warfare system, which is said to be capable of neutralizing all enemy electronics, according to Russian media reports.

RT is reporting this week that an electronic warfare equipment producer for Russia has been conducting factory testing for the new system. It is able to protect troops and civilian facilities from air—or even space—attacks.

A source close to the matter said the new system “maintains automated real-time intelligence data exchange with the airspace defense task force” when it is integrated by air defense systems.

Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern, or KRET, which is a subsidy of State Corporation Rostec, told news agency TASS that the tests will be completed by the end of the year.

The system is capable of jamming and influencing adversaries’ command and control systems at long-range by emitting a complex, powerful digital signal.

“Multichannel stations that ensure simultaneous inhibition of various avionics systems have been created”, the company representative told TASS.

The firm’s First Deputy Director General Igor Nasenkov added that “all the modules are equipped with individual defense sets because they are the prime targets for enemy’s attack.”

The company’s head previously said that the system will be set up on ground platforms, aircraft and offshore platforms.

In February, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command told the House Armed Services Committee, said that the United States has to reinvest in electronic and cyber warfare to counter Russia’s advancements.

“For twenty years we’ve been making a partner out of Russia so our focus has not been on the capabilities that they have been developing,” he said, according to the National Interest. “Secondly, for all the right reasons, for the last thirteen or so years, our nation’s military has been focused on counterinsurgency operations—COIN—in Afghanistan and fighting Al Qaeda.”

Russian forces have also been jamming drones and blocking battlefield communications in Syria and Ukraine, according to Foreign Policy.

“They have companies, they have battalions, they have brigades that are dedicated to the electronic warfare mission,” Col. Jeffrey Church told Foreign Policy. The Russian units are deploying “with specific electronic warfare equipment, with specific electronic warfare chains of command,” he added.