Electronic warfare systems have been used by both Russia and Ukraine in recent months to locate, disrupt and jam electronic and GPS signals from weapons and drones. The systems can be used by aircraft, naval ships, ground forces, and helicopters, according to Samuel Bendett, an analyst and expert in unmanned and robotic military systems at the Center for Naval Analyses.
Electronic warfare systems use signals such as radar, radio, and infrared transmissions to detect, interpret and disrupt communication. The stations detect enemy electronic signals and attack the equipment emitting them essentially with white noise, which makes them inoperable.
Although both countries have made use of the technology, Russia in particular has invested in a wide range of equipment — from tactical close-range systems to ones that can supposedly disrupt enemies dozens of kilometers away, Bendett said.
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