Electronic Warfare Comes to Syria, Israel and US “Out of their depth…”

According to Vladimir Mikheev, the adviser to the deputy general director of KRET, the system will be able to track aircraft at airfields in Europe or Israel

The station for jamming R-330ZH "Resident" and the electronic warfare complex RB-301B "Borisoglebsk-2"

Machine translated from Russian, suppressed in the US.

Editor’s note:  American forces have never had to exist in an ECW environment before with exception of the infamous USS “Donald Duck” incident in 2014 when Keshe based plasma technology shut down an AEGIS destroyer.

MOSCOW, / TASS /. Russia will deploy electronic warfare (EW) systems in Syria to counter high-precision weapons. The whole EW system will be strengthened in the coming weeks, adviser to the First Deputy Director General of the Radioelectronic Technologies Concern Vladimir Kolesov, Vladimir Mikheev, told TASS.

“To conventional radar protection systems, systems will be added that can fight high-precision weapons-guided bombs and missiles, which Israel will probably use, which has already stated that it will continue to work on objects in the region,” Mikheyev said.

According to him, “in addition, systems and facilities will be put in place that will block all systems and means of controlling aviation and ship groupings.” “This is a system for suppressing HF and VHF radio communications,” Mikheev specified.

According to him, the means of EW in Syria will be significantly expanded and supplemented in the coming weeks. “Unequivocally, a decision has been made, and the minister announced it.” I think at the same time, which are indicated on the build-up of the anti-aircraft missile grouping (delivery of Syria S-300 within two weeks – TASS comment), at the same time, deployed in the new positions of the REB system, “- said Mikheev.

Integration with air defense

According to Mikheev, the strengthened electronic warfare system will be fully integrated with air defense. “The classical air defense system implies radar and radio reconnaissance, and an anti-aircraft missile system, and a fighter cover system, and a REB system.” All these REB systems that will be delivered will be fully integrated with the air defense automated control system. This system will create the so-called reconnaissance and interference fire complexes, which completely cover the areas of concentration of our troops from the use on them not only of drones, but also of guided cancers t and airplanes “, – said Mikheyev.

The representative of KRET also said that “the possibilities to suppress space navigation systems will be increased, primarily, Navstar and Galileo, and other systems that can be used in this region.”

As Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier, due to the Russian Il-20 crash, due to the actions of the Israeli air force, covered by Russia’s airplane from the Syrian fire, in particular, the means of electronic warfare will be strengthened in Syria.

What the Russian army can “blind” the enemy

TASS talks about the capabilities of domestic electronic warfare complexes

Radio-electronic warfare complex "Lever-AV" KRET

Complex of electronic warfare “Lever-AV”

April 15 in Russia marks the Day of the specialist in electronic warfare (EW). Currently, the technology is actively developing, creating new complexes for fighting on land, in the air and at sea. Last year, testing of the components of the ground-based REB complex, capable of protecting troops and civilian targets from aerospace attack, began.

The REB system is an important component of the military organization of the state and an integral part of all armed conflicts of recent years, including it proved to be effective during the operation of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria.

The history of REB in Russia dates back to the times of the Russo-Japanese War. Thus, on April 15, 1904, during the artillery shelling by the Japanese squadron of the internal raid of Port Arthur, the radio station of the Russian battleship Pobeda and the coastal post Zolotaya Gora created interference in Japanese radio air, making it very difficult to send telegrams of enemy spy ships.

As noted by the Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov, all military conflicts show that the EW funds are the most effective and very popular among the troops in all directions.

All the developments carried out by the institutes of the concern “Radioelectronic Technologies” (KRET) are in demand by the Ministry of Defense and are in good demand on the foreign market. I know that the volume of export of krete products is growing every year
Yuriy Borisov
Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation

According to Major-General Yuri Lastochkin, Chief of the Russian Air Force, the modern Russian equipment is superior to Western analogues in a number of ways, including range. It is achieved through the use of more powerful transmitting devices and more efficient antenna systems.

The technique has advantages both in the number of nomenclature of the objects to be affected and the possibilities for its more effective combat use due to the implementation of a flexible control structure both by EW complexes and by individual pieces of equipment that operate autonomously and in conjugated pairs
Yurii Lastochkin
Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, General-Major

Also considerable attention is paid to the development of equipment with unmanned aerial vehicles. By 2018, it is planned to establish a specialized range of EW troops.

Airborne electronic warfare complexes

As the ex-chief of the Russian Air Force REB service told the TASS, Vladimir Mikheev, adviser to the first deputy general director of the Radioelectronic Technologies Concern (KRET, is part of Rostekh), the survivability of aircraft with modern electronic warfare complexes is increasing 20-25 times.

Station of active jamming (SPA) was earlier installed on airplanes, now all aircraft are equipped with on-board defense complexes (BKO). Their main difference from SAP is that the BKO is fully integrated and interfaced with all the avionics of the aircraft, helicopter or drones

Defense complexes exchange with on-board computers all the necessary information:

  • on the flight, combat missions;
  • about the purposes and routes of flight of the protected object;
  • about the capabilities of their weapons;
  • about the real radio-electronic situation in the air;
  • about potential threats.

In case of any danger, the route can be corrected in such a way that the protected object does not enter the fire impact zone, ensuring radioelectronic defeat (suppression) of the most dangerous air defense and enemy aircraft, while increasing the combat effectiveness of its weapons of destruction.


One of the most effective on-board defense complexes. It is designed to protect aircraft and helicopters from anti-aircraft missiles with radar and optical (thermal) targeting heads. “Vitebsk” is installed on:

  • modernized Su-25SM assault aircraft;
  • shock helicopters Ka-52, Mi-28N;
  • transport and combat helicopters of the Mi-8 family;
  • heavy transport helicopters Mi-26 and Mi-26T2;
  • special and civil aircraft and domestic helicopters.

In the future, Vitebsk will receive military transport aircraft of the Il-76MD-90A type.

“Vitebsk” is a series of complexes that can be adapted for almost any type of aircraft, including aircraft for military transport and civil aviation. This complex is created. Including all the necessary tests on some types of aircraft have already been carried out
Yuri Majewski
the general designer of the KRET concern

There is also an export version of the complex called “President-C”, which is very popular on the foreign market and is supplied to a number of countries that operate Russian aviation equipment.


A specialized helicopter is a jammer, whose main task is to provide radio electronic suppression and create a false environment for covering up their aircraft or helicopters, as well as protecting the most important ground targets.

“Lever AV” is able to completely “blind” the enemy within a radius of several hundred kilometers and can suppress several targets at once. In the conditions of interference from this station, anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as aircraft systems for intercepting the enemy, are deprived of the opportunity to detect any targets and to direct them to guided air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-ground missiles, and the combat effectiveness of their aviation significantly increase.

Now the specialized helicopters Mi-8MTPR-1, equipped with the “Lever”, are received by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. In total, the military ordered 18 vehicles. In the coming years, the serial production of the upgraded version of the system – “Lever-AVM” – can be deployed.


In 2013, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation received a set of electronic suppression “Hibiny”, designed to protect aircraft from air defense.

From the stations of the previous generation the complex “Khibiny” is characterized by increased power and intelligence. He is able to help in controlling the aircraft’s weapons, create a false radio-electronic environment, and also provide a breakthrough in the enemy’s echeloned air defense.

This happened with the American destroyer Donald Cook in 2014 , when the Su-24 was taken for escort by the ship’s air defenses.

Then on the radar of the ship there was information, which put the crew in a deadlock. The plane then disappeared from the screens, then suddenly changed its location and speed, it created electronic clones of additional goals. At the same time, the information and combat weapon control systems of the destroyer were practically blocked. Considering that the ship was 12 thousand kilometers from the US in the Black Sea, it is easy to imagine the feelings experienced by sailors on this ship.

Now in development is a new complex “Khibiny-U” for aircraft of front-line aviation, in particular Su-30SM.


This complex is the further development of Khibin, it is “imprisoned” for a fifth-generation T-50 (PAK FA) aircraft.

Its main difference from the predecessor is that the “Khibiny” is a container that is suspended on the wing, occupying a certain point of suspension, and the “Himalayas” are fully integrated into the board and are made as separate elements of the aircraft fuselage.

The antenna systems of the complex are built on the principle of “smart plating” and allow performing several functions at once: reconnaissance, REB, location, etc. The complex will be able to place active and passive interference to infrared homing heads of modern missiles, as well as modern and prospective radar stations.

The characteristics of this complex have so far been classified, the T-50 is the newest fighter and has not yet been adopted by the Russian Air Force.

Ground-based REB complexes

Modern ground-based EW systems operate in the digital signal processing mode, which helps to significantly increase their efficiency.

According to the adviser of the first deputy general director KRET Mikheev, the operator of the EW station had previously had to determine the type of the monitored object according to the characteristics of the reconnaissance signal and select the type of interference to it.

Digital technology has a large electronic library of memory and reports to the operator the types of enemy equipment, and also offers him the most effective interference signals and optimal algorithms for possible counteraction
Vladimir Mikheev
Advisor to the First Deputy Director General of KRET


This complex has absorbed all the best from the EW technique of previous generations. In particular, from its predecessor – the jamming station SPN-30 – “Krasuha” inherited a unique antenna system.

Almost complete automation is another advantage of the new system. If previously the system was operated manually, Krasushe-4 implemented the principle of “do not touch the technique and it will not let you down”, that is, the role of the operator is reduced to the role of an observer, and the main mode of operation is a centralized automated control.

The main purpose of Krasuhi-S4 is to cover command posts, groupings of troops, air defense assets, important industrial facilities from airborne radar reconnaissance and high-precision weapons.

The capabilities of the broadband active interference station of the complex allow to effectively combat all modern radar stations used by various types of aircraft, as well as cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.


This version is intended for radio electronic suppression of American systems for long-range radar detection and control (AWACS) AWACS. This is the most powerful reconnaissance and control aircraft on board which sits a whole calculation. In order for this plane to “dazzle,” a lot of energy is needed. The power and intelligence of the second “Krasuhi” is enough to fight this airplane.

The whole complex unfolds within a few minutes, without the participation of a person, and after deployment it is able to “turn off” AWACS at a distance of several hundred kilometers.

‘YouTube / TASS’


The complex is intended for conducting radio-technical reconnaissance (passive radar), interaction and information exchange with the command posts for the control of anti-aircraft missile and radio-technical troops, points of aviation guidance, target designation and control of interference units and separate electronic suppression facilities.

The structure of “Moscow-1” includes the reconnaissance module and the control point of the jamming units (stations). The complex is capable of:

  • carry radio and radio technical reconnaissance for a distance of up to 400 km;
  • classify all radio emitting means according to the degree of danger;
  • provide road support;
  • ensure the targeting and display of all information;
  • ensure reverse control of the effectiveness of the units and individual EW facilities that it manages.

The debut of the Moscow complexes was held in March 2016 in the framework of joint tactical exercises of air defense forces and aviation in the Astrakhan region.


The complex, developed by the United Instrument-Making Corporation (OPK), provides radio reconnaissance and radio suppression, the protection of manpower, armored and automotive equipment from aimed fire from melee weapons and grenade launchers, as well as from radio-controlled mine explosive devices.

The equipment of wide-range radio reconnaissance considerably increases the radius of protection of the covered mobile objects from radio-controlled mines. The ability to install aerosol curtains allows you to hide equipment from high-precision weapons with video and laser guidance systems.

At present, these complexes on the standard wheeled chassis K1H1 (base BTR-80) are produced serially and are delivered to various units of the Russian army.


This complex of electronic suppression (REB), also developed by the DIC, is the technical basis of the EW components of tactical compounds .

Designed for radio reconnaissance and radio suppression of HF, VHF terrestrial and aeronautical radio links, subscriber terminals for cellular and trunk communication in the tactical and operational-tactical levels of control.

The basis of the complex consists of three types of jamming stations and a control point located on MT-LBu armored personnel carriers – a traditional caterpillar base for ground-based EW assets. Each complex includes up to nine units of mobile equipment.

The complex implemented fundamentally new technical solutions for the construction of radio reconnaissance and automated control systems. In particular, broadband energetically and structurally secretive signals are used, which ensure noise-protected and high-speed data transmission.

The range of reconnoitered and suppressed frequencies is more than doubled in comparison with previously supplied interference stations, and the speed of frequency detection is increased by more than 100 times.

Marine complexes of electronic warfare

These complexes are designed to protect ships of various classes from reconnaissance and fire damage. Their peculiarity lies in the fact that for each ship, depending on its type, displacement, and also the problems it solves, there is a special set of EW assets.

The structure of ship complexes includes:

  • radio and radio technical intelligence stations;
  • active and passive means of EW;
  • automata, which ensure the disguise of the ship along different physical fields;
  • device for shooting false targets, etc.

All these systems are integrated with ship fire and information means to improve the survivability and combat effectiveness of the ship.

TK-25E and MP-405E

They are the main complexes of EW ship-based. Provide protection against the use of radio-controlled airborne and shipborne weapons by creating active and passive interference.

TK-25E provides the creation of impulse misinforming and imitation interference using digital copies of signals for ships of all main classes. The complex is capable of simultaneously analyzing up to 256 targets and providing effective protection of the ship.

MP-405E – for equipping ships of small displacement.

He is able to prevent the detection, analysis, and also classify the types of radiating radio electronic means and their carriers in terms of the degree of danger, and also provide radio electronic suppression of all modern and prospective means of reconnaissance and destruction of the enemy.

Roman Azanov, Alexei Panshin


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  1. Israeli slime ball Bibi must be chomping at the bit to launch another airstrike, if not multiple ones simultaneously to prove he can do anything he wants. It would make my decade to read 15 IDF aircraft destroyed over Syrian territory, perhaps, one damaged, pilot ejects, captured by Lebanese forces.

    Some would find that to be a feel good story!

  2. Interesting stuff. The big weakness of the US military, sorry, mercenary force, is its hyped networked centric warfare. The more reliant an entity is on a network the greater the negative impact on the connected assets when it is disrupted, Human civilization is getting to 100% dependence the Internet…imagine the issues if it collapsed.

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