Ukraine’s Drones Defy Russian Jamming: A Mysterious Turn in the Sky
In the early stages of the war, Russia’s sophisticated electronic warfare seemed invincible, taking down a staggering 90% of Ukraine’s drones. These drones, operating on commercial radio frequencies, seemed easy prey. However, recent developments hint at a surprise turnaround: Ukraine’s drones are back in action, defying the jamming that had once suppressed them. What’s behind this dramatic shift?
The Challenge of Jamming
Using consumer-grade drones in warfare was always a gamble. These drones operate on known frequencies, allowing jammers to easily flood the same frequency with noise, rendering the drone unresponsive. Russia upped the ante, deploying advanced jammers, especially when Ukrainian drones started zeroing in on Russian artillery positions.
One drone operator recounted to The Guardian how, previously, their drones could fly 3.7 miles beyond the frontline, but this distance shrank to just over half a mile in areas like Bakhmut. Similar accounts have emerged…