Monday, May 27, 2024

"Russian jamming leaves some high-tech U.S. weapons ineffective in Ukraine"

Apparently the Generals who ordered and tested the stuff didn't think about fighting people who fight back.

From the Washington Post, May 24:

KYIV — Many U.S.-made satellite-guided munitions in Ukraine have failed to withstand Russian jamming technology, prompting Kyiv to stop using certain types of Western-provided armaments after effectiveness rates plummeted, according to senior Ukrainian military officials and confidential internal Ukrainian assessments obtained by The Washington Post. 

Russia’s jamming of the guidance systems of modern Western weapons, including Excalibur GPS-guided artillery shells and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, which can fire some U.S.-made rockets with a range of up to 50 miles, has eroded Ukraine’s ability to defend its territory and has left officials in Kyiv urgently seeking help from the Pentagon to obtain upgrades from arms manufacturers.

Russia’s ability to combat the high-tech munitions has far-reaching implications for Ukraine and its Western supporters — potentially providing a blueprint for adversaries such as China and Iran — and it is a key reason Moscow’s forces have regained the initiative and are advancing on the battlefield.

The success rate for the U.S.-designed Excalibur shells, for example, fell sharply over a period of months — to less than 10 percent hitting their targets — before Ukraine’s military abandoned them last year, according to the confidential Ukrainian assessments....

....MUCH MORE, including "Moscow Teases Weapon To Counter F-16s In Ukraine—Russian Media" 

Never ever assume the other side is dumber than you are. Never.

"If you wanted or if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, 
you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons." 
President Joseph Biden, State Dining Room 4:55 P.M. EDT June 23, 2021