Fake News? Russia Says It Can Wipe Out Entire U.S. Navy with ONE Electronic Bomb

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Russia has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming.

A news report from the country – where the media is essentially controlled by the state – said the technology could render planes, ships and missiles useless.

The newsreader says: “Today, our Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops can detect and neutralise any target from a ship’s system and a radar, to a satellite.”

The news report claims a single Russian war plane flew several times around American destroyer the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea several years ago, disabling its systems and leaving it helpless.

The report also claims they are capable to creating electronic jamming domes over their bases that make them invisible on radar screens.

The propaganda piece even quotes top US General Frank Gorenc as saying: “Russian electronic weapons completely paralyse the functioning of American electronic equipment installed on missiles, aircraft and ships.”

The reporter adds: “You don’t need to have expensive weapons to win – powerful radio-electronic jamming is enough.”

The news comes after Donald Trump dispatched the USS Carl Vinson, powered by nuclear reactors, carrying almost 100 aircraft and accompanied by destroyers, a cruiser, and a submarine to the Korean Peninsula.

And the commander-in-chief is said to be bolstering American deployment in the region by sending the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz to the Sea of Japan next week.

Russia, along with China, is said to have sent a spy ship to the area to ward off the task force amid rising tensions in the region.

And Putin urged the US to show “restraint”.

Meanwhile, in response to this story, Popular Mechanics reports that there is no electronic bomb.

The Russian TV report is an explainer on Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops, which the reporter claims can “neutralize any target” from “a ship’s system to a radar to a satellite.” This apparently includes synthetic aperture radars on NATO satellites, aircraft, and other platforms, which can form images of targets in the air and on the ground using radar waves. In this case, “neutralizing” doesn’t mean blowing something to bits, but rather jamming its radar sensors to effectively render it blind.

The Russian news report concludes with the bombastic line, “You don’t need to have expensive weapons to win – powerful radio-electronic jamming is enough.” That claim isn’t supported by the actual report, which says REW systems can only shut down enemy radars and hide friendly forces. To actually win a war, you need to kill the enemy and break stuff—something radio waves can’t do.

The Russian television and Sun tabloid story are both blends of real and fake news. Russia’s electronic warfare troops do indeed have some powerful electronic warfare systems—but pay no mind to oddball claims that they can make enemy sailors resign out of sheer fear or win wars singlehandedly.

5 thoughts on “Fake News? Russia Says It Can Wipe Out Entire U.S. Navy with ONE Electronic Bomb

  1. It’s 100% fake. It defies the laws of physics. All US military weapon systems are hardened against EMFI/RFI. There is nothing getting through that Faraday cage. Not only that, every system is isolated from the other systems! You’d have better luck launching flamethrowers at that ship! LOL

  2. When I worked at a defense contractor in the late 90s early 00s, a lot of the emi/rfi hardening was waved due to costs, and at that time Russia wasn’t considered that much of a military threat anymore. So, the odds of a nuclear exchange seemed remote, so the hardening was waved on many systems, not all, but many. For instance, on many military vehicles the generator systems may be hardened, but the rest of the systems might be hit or miss depending on when they were designed or installed. So, it is very possible that many us systems may not be properly hardened against emp weapons.

  3. If the story is true the Russians were idiots to give away such a fantastic military advantage. Better to save it for a real war – and win, and humiliate the USA in they eyes of all of the world.
    Thus, the story is false and if anything, make the Russians look weak by resorting to bluffs.

    “a single Russian war plane flew several times around American destroyer the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea several years ago, disabling its systems and leaving it helpless.” Again if this were true then it was an act of war more serious that Trump dumping bombs on Syria. This story is also a lie and fake news.

  4. “Something radio waves can’t do”? How does he think microwave oven work? A focused microwave device could quite easily “blow stuff up”, where do they find these journalists?
    As for the rest of the story, why would anyone believe a single word?

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