Russians sending US-supplied ‘smart bombs’ off course in Ukraine: leak

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Russians sending US-supplied ‘smart bombs’ off course in Ukraine: leak


Caitlin Doornbos

April 12, 2023 6:55pm 



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WASHINGTON – Despite US officials’ public words of confidence about Ukraine’s military capabilities, recently leaked Pentagon documents paint a bleaker picture of the state of the war as Kyiv’s troops prepare a renewed spring offensive.

“I’m confident that we will meet Ukraine’s defense needs through this spring and beyond,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Wednesday as he welcomed Ukraine Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal to the Pentagon. “And as the president has repeatedly made clear, we will stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

But as Austin pledged to continue “swiftly deliver[ing] security assistance through procurements and from our own stocks,” a document posted on Telegram late Tuesday suggests Russia has figured out how to disable one of the most critical capabilities American weapons have to offer: precision.

The document says Russian forces have begun “jamming” GPS signals that direct precision-guided munitions to their targets, effectively turning expensive, highly accurate weapons into unguided “dumb bombs.” The document is undated but references strikes on Feb. 15 and 21.

“[The military] assesses medium-to-high confidence that 4/9 weapons have missed due to [Russian] GPS jamming effects,” it says.The video player is currently playing an ad. You can skip the ad in 5 sec with a mouse or keyboard


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