U.S. drone forced to make an emergency landing in Poland; Russian GPS jamming weapon blamed

fAn MQ-9 Reaper drone owned by the United States made an emergency landing this week in Poland.

Though no further details have been released, Poland's General Command of the Armed Forces tweeted that the piloted craft had to land suddenly after disconnecting from its command station.

According to the Pentagon, the craft was "conducting routine training operations when it lost connection with the command station, affecting their ability to operate the aircraft."

"Preparations for recovery are currently underway and investigation of the incident is in progress," said the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in a statement to Newsweek. "We are thankful to our Polish partners for their assistance."

The lost connection is believed by the West to be a result of Russian GPS-jamming technology that is said to be interfering with the Global Positioning System and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) signals throughout eastern Europe and in the greater Baltic region.

"When an aircraft's GPS or GNSS is jammed, it can become confused as to where it's at," reported Knewz.

"Many have pointed to the Russians as possible suspects for the alleged jamming. The area affected is between Russia and NATO members Poland and Lithuania around Kaliningrad."

WWIII brewing

Kaliningrad serves as a strategic base for Russia's naval fleets. And Estonian Gen. Martin Herem, who heads up Estonia's Defense Forces, recently warned that Russia's ability to deploy electronic warfare against NATO from this particular spot is "quite strong."

The drone incident in Poland marks the second time this past week that Russia was blamed for jamming GPS on a NATO aircraft. The first reportedly occurred when a Russian satellite signal is said to have interfered with an aircraft used by Britain Defense Minister Grant Shapps while he was traveling back home from Poland on March 13.

"The aircraft's GPS signal was jammed for approximately 30 minutes as the plane flew near Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad," reports explain.

Citing anonymous government sources and a handful of journalists, Reuters reported that mobile phones on the aircraft suddenly lost their internet connection, resulting in alternative means being used to determine the craft's location.

"While travelling back from Poland yesterday, the plane carrying the Defense Secretary and his delegation temporarily experienced GPS jamming when they flew close to Kaliningrad," said a spokesperson for United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

"It didn't threaten the safety of the aircraft and it is not unusual for aircraft to experience GPS jamming near Kaliningrad, which is of course Russian territory," the spokesperson added, claiming that this type of incident is "not unusual."

Back in early March, Knewz reported that Russia has been conducting these types of GPS jamming tests against NATO aircraft for two years. In early February, the same media outlet said Russia started testing out a satellite dish system called Tobol that has been jamming satellite position signals since April 2023.

Several NATO countries say for sure the Kremlin is behind these GPS jamming incidents, which a Polish defense official added is meant to send a psychological message to the West.

"Building an atmosphere of threat and a sense of helplessness in society is undoubtedly one of the goals that Russia is pursuing," the official is quoted as saying.

As of March 6, there was reported to be a "high level" of GPS interference occurring between St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Estonian border. At least 10 percent of signals in the southeast of Finland are also seeing interference.

Strangely, very little interference is occurring in Ukraine. 

EU member claims Putin using top-secret electronic weapon to jam GPS on flights, ships

Estonian military chief Martin Harem claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin is using top secret electronic weapons to jam GPS signals on airplanes and shipping vessels, which he says could result in crashes.

According to Harem, Putin is sparking chaos across the European Union (EU) by jamming GPS technology along the eastern flank of NATO. Most of the jamming appears to be centered in the northern half of Poland and into the waters between Poland and Sweden.

Finland is also reporting problems with its GPS guiding system for air and sea traffic, along with isolated problems in Latvia and Lithuania.

"What we have seen is a malfunctioning of GPS for ships and air travel," Harem said. "And we really do not know if they [Russia] want to achieve something or just practice and test their equipment."

"But definitely, nobody should behave like this, especially when you're at war with a neighboring country."

Russia's Tobol systems are defensive, too

Since the disruptions began, Estonia is the first NATO country to blame the Kremlin for it. The technology used for the disruptions is allegedly in Kaliningrad, the location where Putin recently visited to deliver his harrowing warning against the "vampire" elite throughout the West.

Kaliningrad is a sliver of land located between Lithuania and Poland. Russia annexed it from Germany in 1945, and after that time it was a strategic location for the then-Soviet Union during the Cold War Era.

It is feared that, should a war break out between Russia and NATO directly, Kaliningrad will be the location Putin chooses as ground zero.

Western intelligence reports are describing the GPS jamming technology as Tobol, describing its appearance as a large dish with an antenna attached to it. There are said to be at least seven Tobol complexes located throughout Russia.

How it works is a Tobol system will transmit a signal on the same frequency as a satellite that provides GPS connectivity. The satellite interprets the Tobol signal as the legitimate one, confusing the system and its data output to ships and planes.

Dr. Thomas Withington, an electronic warfare expert, says the dish can be directed to disrupt GPS signals in many directions at one time. This, he says, is probably how Kaliningrad will protect itself from incoming missiles in the event war breaks out between Russia and NATO.

In addition to jamming GPS signals as a defensive weapon, Tobol systems are also defensive in that they provide an "invisible" shield to protect against NATO's arsenal of satellite-guided missile systems.

"This may surprise some people but I think, ostensibly, it's defensive," Withington is quoted as saying. "The Russian military is highly concerned by global navigation satellite system weapons."

For the time being, Tobol seems to be primarily an offensive weapon, being used to damage the shipping industry. Withington says it is "deeply irresponsible" for Russia to be using the system for such purposes because "it's affecting the safety of navigation, degrading the safety of navigation."

"The good news is that aircraft and ships have other means of navigation," Withington says.

"It obviously is a cause of concern if those systems are not available ... so they're a very valid argument that what the Russians are doing is deeply irresponsible from a navigation point of view."

Should World War III break out soon – and by all appearances, this is a very strong possibility – then full-scale use of Tobol systems as an offensive weapon as well as a defensive weapon would likely ensue. 

(Article by Ethan Huff republished from NaturalNews.com)

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