Russia upgrades its electronic warfare capability, affects Israeli airspace

By Arie Egozi

Russia is using its presence in Syria to enhance its capabilities to deny GPS navigation in large areas. This effort is causing severe interference to flights to and from Israel.


“European countries should be aware of the growing capability,” an Israeli source told Defence Industry Europe.

In recent days, flights to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv were forced to use alternative approach paths as a result of a GPS denial attack on the area.

Two years ago, Israel was affected by Russian GPS denial systems operated by the Russians in Syria. During this event, Israeli civil aviation experienced the most severe interference.

The recent GPS denial events in recent years, caused by Russian forces in Syria, have accelerated the development of systems designed to make Israeli-developed military systems immune to such disruptions. Some of these systems are already in operation, while others are currently being tested.



Some of the electronic warfare (EW) and GPS denial systems tested by the Russians in Syria are now being used in the Ukraine war.

Russia is assisting Iran in upgrading its EW capabilities, including GPS denial capabilities. This development is closely monitored by Israel, and measures are being taken to monitor the new developments and determine how to address them. Additionally, according to Israeli defense sources, Russia has shared the lessons it learned from operating EW and GPS denial systems in Syria with Iran, while the Israeli Air Force has targeted Iranian-related objectives.



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