Russian President: Vladimir Putin
Russia is boasting a major advance in electronic warfare technology enabling Vladimir Putin’s armed forces to zap foreign military satellites, and “switch off” enemy weapons.
The new system will muzzle the guidance systems of Western cruise missiles and other high-precision arms, it is claimed.
Its Russian makers say it is a “fundamentally new electronic warfare system” which can be mounted on ground-based as well as air- and sea-borne carriers.
Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET) deputy chief Yuri Mayevsky said: “The system will target the enemy’s deck-based, tactical, long-range and strategic aircraft, electronic means and suppress foreign military satellites’ radio-electronic equipment.”
Russia's deputy defense minister Tatyana Shevtsova, Russia's president Vladimir Putin and Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu
“It will not be based on satellites as this is prohibited by international rules and we comply with this rule.”
The Russian hailing of its new super weapon comes as relations with the West are at their lowest ebb since the collapse of the Soviet Union, with fears of a new Cold War.
President Vladimir Putin has invested heavily in rebuilding his country’s military might, which has lagged behind the West since the end of the Soviet era.
The new technology “will fully suppress communications, navigation and target location, and the use of high-precision weapons”, said Mikheyev, who did not give further details of the claimed military breakthrough.
Anton Gubankov, head of the culture department at Russia's defense ministry, Russia's president Vladimir Putin and Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu
“The system will be used against cruise missiles and will suppress satellite-based radio location systems.
“It will actually switch off enemy weapons.”
The system is due to be fully tested in the near future.
“Ground tests are now going on in workshops,” he said.
“At the end of the year, the system’s component will leave the factory gates for trials at testing ranges.”