Ex-Pentagon officer lauds Russian EW Systems for disrupting Western weapons in Ukraine

In an interview with the Russian state media outlet Sputnik, David T. Pyne, an EMP Task Force scholar and ex-Pentagon official, declared that Russia has the most capable electronic warfare systems in the world, with the longest and most powerful GPS and radio frequency of any nation.

A former U.S. Department of Defence officer has offered high praise for Russia’s electronic warfare (EW) capabilities on the battlefield in Ukraine, stating they have been triumphantly jamming advanced Western-supplied weapons systems.

In an interview with the Russian state media outlet Sputnik, David T. Pyne, an EMP Task Force scholar and ex-Pentagon official, declared that Russia has the most capable electronic warfare systems in the world, with the longest and most powerful GPS and radio frequency of any nation.

Pyne expressed admiration for the speed at which Russian long-range jammers have been able to adapt to jamming new US and NATO weapon systems introduced into the conflict by Ukraine’s Western allies. He claimed these Russian EW systems have proven effective at causing 90% of guided missile and drone systems supplied by the US to Ukraine to miss their target, most importantly HIMARS [High Mobility Artillery Rocket System].

The former Pentagon officer suggested the jamming capabilities could extend to the extended-range Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) recently provided to Ukraine by the United States. Air Defence Systems Disrupted Pyne also alleged that Russian jamming is hampering U.S.-supplied Ukrainian air defence systems like the Patriot and Hawk missiles.

The comments from the ex-Pentagon official align with recent reports citing Ukrainian commanders who claimed Russia’s jamming capabilities have degraded the accuracy of some precision-guided munitions provided by the West. According to The Washington Post, a Ukrainian military research project found the jamming prompted forces to stop using certain weapons on the battlefield.

As the conflict grinds on, Russia’s formidable electronic warfare arsenal appears to be presenting an increasingly daunting challenge for Ukraine’s Western-backed forces on the ground. Pyne’s analysis suggests these capabilities could continue disrupting advanced weapon systems flowing into the war zone.