Mystery 'adversaries' jamming US gunships & disrupting communications in Syria – general

The US has experienced “aggressive” electronic warfare from its “adversaries” in Syria, a top US general said. While media pointed finger at Russia, it denied involvement, saying it has better things to do than harass US aircraft.

The claim was made Tuesday by the head of the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Army General Tony Thomas. The “daily” interference in Syria disrupts US military communications and hampers aircraft missions, the general told the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s 2018 GEOINT Symposium.

“Right now in Syria, we’re in the most aggressive EW [electronic warfare] environment on the planet from our adversaries,”Thomas said. “They’re testing us every day, knocking our communications down, disabling our AC-130s, et cetera.”

Some reports suggested that Thomas was referring to the EC-130H Compass Call. The EC-130H is an aircraft specifically designed to counter and wage its own electronic warfare, and if the machines were rendered inoperable by some “adversaries” on their own field, it would have been quite an embarrassing revelation. read more