US Delivers Glide Bombs to Ukraine; Russia’s Jamming Hinders Accuracy

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The US-supplied glide bombs given to Ukraine are facing difficulties due to Russian electronic jamming, sources told Reuters. Known as the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb, this advanced weapon was designed to hit targets up to 100 miles away, thanks to extendable wings. Ukraine received these bombs in early February, with the aim of using them against strategic targets far within enemy lines, including in Crimea.

However, it has been reported that the bombs’ precision is being compromised by Russian electronic warfare tactics. These tactics involve the use of strong, false signals that interfere with the bomb’s GPS-guided navigation system, leading to missed targets. Despite claims from Boeing and Saab, the companies behind the weapon, that it features a jam-resistant GPS, they have not commented on these reports.

This effectiveness of Russian jamming represents a significant challenge for Ukraine, diminishing the impact of what were considered highly effective munitions, including the HIMARS rockets and Joint Direct Attack Munitions, as well as GPS-guided Excalibur artillery shells. With the cost of jamming being relatively low compared to the munitions themselves, Russia’s electronic warfare capabilities are seen as exceeding those of the US, posing implications for military strategies and technologies.

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