Russia Accused of GPS Interference on RAF Jet Carrying Grant Shapps to Poland
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

Russia has been accused of disrupting the satellite GPS on an RAF jet carrying the UK Defence Secretary, Grant Shapps, during his trip to Poland following a NATO war exercise.

The incident occurred as Shapps’ RAF jet flew close to the edge of Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave between Lithuania and Poland. The GPS signal was blocked for approximately 30 minutes, affecting navigation and internet access both on the outbound and return journeys.

Sources suggest that the electronic interference is directly linked to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Although the safety of the aircraft was assured by pilots, defence sources condemned the act as “wildly irresponsible” electronic warfare.

The incident took place as Shapps was visiting British troops in Poland, who were participating in the largest NATO exercise since the Cold War.

While GPS-jamming equipment can be operated by aircraft, including drones, it is typically carried out using ground vehicles. A defence source emphasized the unnecessary risk imposed on civilian aircraft, denouncing Russia’s actions as reckless and endangering lives.

The disruption raises concerns over the safety of airspace and the potential consequences of such interference during critical operations.

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