Vladimir Putin’s forces have developed a new warfare system that could destroy enemy electronic equipment from 36,000km above sea level. The terrifying space tech adds another powerful weapon to Moscow’s arsenal with the war on Ukraine raging.
A source told Russia state-owned media RIA said: “This (orbit) is approximately 36,000 kilometres above sea level.”
The source did not disclose details about the new system, but said “the power of its emitters at short range allows not only to suppress, but also to permanently disable enemy electronics”.
Electronic warfare involves the impact on the enemy’s electronic systems, including radar, communication systems and other means, using interference or electromagnetic radiation.
As a result, devices temporarily fail or stop working properly.
A particular version of electronic warfare is the so-called electronic defeat, when the systems of enemy objects are physically destroyed, for example, from overheating.
The Russian Armed Forces are equipped with various electronic warfare systems. Among them are such systems as “Krasukha”, “Moscow”, “Infauna”, “Leer”, “Triad” and others.
These devices are also used in the special military operation zone in Ukraine.
The news comes as Putin on Friday signed a bill allowing authorities to issue electronic notices to draftees and reservists amid the fighting in Ukraine, sparking fears of a new wave of mobilisation.
Russia’s military service rules previously required the in-person delivery of notices to conscripts and reservists who are called up for duty. Under the new law, the notices issued by local military conscription offices will continue to be sent by mail but they would be considered valid from the moment they are put on a state portal for electronic services.
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In the past, many Russians avoided the draft by staying away from their address of record. The new law closes that loophole in an apparent effort to create a tool for quickly beefing up the military ahead of a widely anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive in the coming weeks.
Recipients who fail to show up for service would be prohibited from leaving Russia, would have their drivers’ licences suspended and would be barred from selling their apartments and other assets.
The bill signed into law by Putin was published on the official register of government documents.
Kremlin critics and rights activists denounced the legislation as a step toward a “digital prison camp” that gives unprecedented powers to the military conscription offices.
The swift enactment of the law fuelled fears of the government initiating another wave of mobilisation following the one that Putin ordered in the fall.
Russian authorities deny that another mobilisation is being planned. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this week that the measure was needed to streamline the outdated call-up system in view of the flaws that were revealed by last fall’s partial mobilisation.
“There was a lot of mess in military conscription offices,” he said. “The purpose of the bill is to clean up this mess and make the system modern, effective and convenient for citizens.”