The skies over Ukraine are becoming a battleground not just for aircraft and missiles, but also for electronic signals.

Russian forces have been deploying GPS jamming technology, effectively throwing a cloak of electronic interference over the battlefield.

This disrupts the targeting systems of precision-guided munitions like the JDAM-ER (Joint Direct Attack Munition-Extended Range), hindering Ukrainian forces’ ability to launch surgical strikes.

However, the US Air Force is countering this tactic with a recent procurement that, as announced earlier this month, could significantly alter the balance of power in the air.

The Challenge: Russian GPS Jamming Throws a Wrench in Precision Strikes

Modern warfare relies heavily on precision-guided munitions. These “smart bombs” use GPS or laser guidance to hit designated targets with pinpoint accuracy, minimizing collateral damage and civilian casualties.

However, their effectiveness hinges on receiving a clear and uninterrupted signal.

Russia’s strategy of deploying GPS jamming disrupts this critical signal, essentially blinding the JDAM-ERs and rendering them unreliable.

This not only reduces the effectiveness of Ukrainian airstrikes but also forces them to rely on unguided munitions, which are far less precise and can lead to increased civilian casualties.