KRET Unveils its Latest Missile Jamming Systems

Released on Friday, April 10, 2015
AWACS - Airborne Warning And Control System
Electronic warfare systems force enemy missiles to change their trajectory

Russian electronic warfare technology is among the most advanced in the world, and KRET is a leading developer and manufacturer of the country's most modern systems. The newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported on some of KRET's top systems, which until recently were strictly classified.

"Smart" missiles

The West has successfully created high-precision strike systems. Take, for example, the winged Tomahawk missiles fired from warships somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea or the Indian Ocean. They fly thousands of miles until they find their targets in Afghanistan, the Balkans, or Iraq, which they hit with an accuracy of up to one meter. Throughout its flight, a "smart" warhead ensures constant contact with the aircraft through AWACS (airborne warning and control system) and satellite control.

At one time, soldiers on the battlefield suffered heavy losses from the impact of shrapnel shells. When infantry began to protect themselves by with armor, the effectiveness of shrapnel fell sharply. But now there is a reincarnation of the old style of ammunition.

Shells that used to be stuffed with just shrapnel and arrows now have electronic devices that explode not just over trenches, but also in the exact place where unprotected people are located. The Javelin antitank guided missiles, flying to their targets, result in hits not just on the tank, but also on the tank's hatch cover.

It would seem that there is no escape from this technology. But the Russian defense industry has come up with an adequate response through a clever device.

Warning: Mercury

Imagine the scene: a Ka-52 combat helicopter is in the sky and is attacked from the ground by an Igla or Stinger missile. A hit on the target seems inevitable, but then the approaching rocket suddenly changes direction and veers to the side. The reason is that the helicopter is equipped with the Vitebsk system, which forms an impenetrable dome around the aircraft that the enemy cannot break through.

No less amazing is the Rychag system, also installed onboard helicopters. It can blind the enemy at a distance of hundreds of kilometers, creating an invisible shield around ground-based equipment.

Yet another solution, the Rtut-BM system, was highly classified until recently. The last two letters indicate that it is installed on a military vehicle, such as a car, an armored personnel carrier, or the popular MTLB armored artillery tractor.

This system works as follows. The vehicle with the Rtut (Mercury) system is parked near a probable target for artillery or missile attack from the enemy. The first line of defense is a kind of electronic cloud of radio waves. But there is one subtlety. If the electronic warfare system is turned on, it will reveal itself in a disguised position. Rtut operates in the event of an artillery attack within a millisecond. The Russian-produced electronics system almost instantly determines the operating frequency of enemy attack.

The interference, which is emitted within a fraction of a second, nevertheless produces a signal that causes the radio-controlled fuses to be triggered prematurely. The same Javelin missile, which costs $30,000, upon coming within range of Rtut will "lose its mind" and take off on an uncontrollable trajectory. Enemy radio systems simply do not have time to recover and fend off the Rtut system.

In addition, the system is mobile and can change its position very quickly. Its can be ready for use in no more than 10 minutes. During its operation, one Rtut-BM system can protect troops in areas between 20 and 50 hectares. Just two people can operate one vehicle. It is believed that the Russian armed forces need about 100 Rtut-BM vehicles.

Source: A KRET secret weapon can stop "smart" missiles

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