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NY Times - Electronic Warfare Confounds Civilian Pilots, Far From Any Battlefield

NY Times - Electronic Warfare Confounds Civilian Pilots, Far From Any Battlefield

Old Nov 21, 2023, 7:34 am
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Electronic Warfare Confounds Civilian Pilots, Far From Any Battlefield

Planes were built to trust GPS signals. Jamming and spoofing in the Middle East and Ukraine have diverted flights and caused inaccurate onboard alerts.

Electronic warfare in the Middle East and Ukraine is affecting air travel far from the battlefields, unnerving pilots and exposing an unintended consequence of a tactic that experts say will become more common.

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The radio interference has so far not proven to be dangerous. But aircraft systems have proved largely unable to detect GPS spoofing and correct for it, according to Opsgroup, an organization that monitors changes and risks in the aviation industry. One Embraer jet bound for Dubai nearly veered into Iranian airspace in September before the pilots figured out the plane was chasing a false signal.

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...“What’s changed over the last couple of years is that spoofing has moved from theory in research articles and in laboratories to actual events in the wild,”...
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Old Nov 21, 2023, 10:10 am
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Pilots need to go back to older-school navigation. Start using inertia navigation systems again, or go back to as far as the early jet age when 707s and DC-8s would/could carry a navigator (I guess before INS was a thing). Do remember the GPS system was intended to be shut down for non-military use in the event of a war.
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