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Russia says its 'Electronic Bomb' Weapons can Easily Beat the US or NATO in a War

By | Apr 19, 2017 11:38 AM EDT
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No need for ammo

Lesochek being used by Russian electronic warfare troops. (Photo : Russian Ground Forces)

A Russian television station aired what appears to be a fake news story claiming the Russian Armed Forces have developed a super weapon -- "powerful radio-electronic jamming" systems -- that can easily defeat the United States Armed Forces and NATO.

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The TV report said variants of this super weapon destroy or render inoperative the electronic devices in enemy warplanes, warships and missiles. It noted these weapons don't "need ammunition for victory."

The over four-minute long news report heaped inordinate praise on Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops and their radio-electronic jamming systems that "can detect and neutralize any target from a ship's system and a radar, to a satellite."

It argues "electronic warfare is a key element" in modern wars, but treads into science fiction fantasy by declaring "You don't need to have expensive weapons to win. Powerful radio electronic jamming is enough."

The U.S.-beating radio-electronic jamming systems identified by the story are a small radio signal jamming device named Lesochek that fits inside a briefcase; the "electronic complex Khibiny," a system used by a Sukhoi Su-24 strike fighter to allegedly knock-out the electronic systems aboard the U.S. Navy destroyer, USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), in the Black Sea in April 2014 and the "Murmansk complex" capable of jamming NATO communications within 5,000 km.

Lesochek protects vehicles and troops from radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by jamming the IED radio signals.

Khibiny is a Soviet-era electronic countermeasures (ECM) system designed for radio direction-finding and distorting reflected signals. It isn't capable of disabling a warship's entire electronic systems because it isn't designed to achieve this incredible feat.

The claim the Su-24 disabled the electronic systems aboard the USS Donald Cook was first reported in Russian media immediately after the event. The destroyer, however, was able to complete its patrol after the incident with the Su-24, something it wouldn't have been able to do if all its electronic systems were disabled.

The new Murmansk-BN electronic warfare system, which was deployed in April 2016, intercepts and suppresses enemy signals. The Russians claim Murmansk-BN can disorganizes the command and control systems of an enemy and is effective to a range of 5,000 km.

In addition, the TV report claims Russian specialists "have developed complexes that allow them to create ... a dome of radio electronic jamming ... over air defense facilities."

"This is a kind of an invisibility cap from the enemy's radar," said the news reader.


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