Reports of problems in communication systems appeared in the final phase of NATO’s Trident Juncture maneuvers and, according to the media, Russia might have had to do with the flaws.
In the course of the military exercises held in Norway which are considered the largest in the Atlantic Alliance since the end of the Cold War, Norwegian and Finnish pilots who participated in the training reported on interruptions in the GPS signal in the northern regions of their countries, reports Business Insider newspaper.
Although the reasons for the loss of signals in the final days of the maneuvers remain unknown, several media outlets point the finger at Russia. According to them, Moscow could have interfered because it was worried about the military maneuvers happening in the vicinity of its borders.
In particular, quoting the words of a Wideroe airline official working in the Nordic countries, the newspaper reports that in early November, pilots faced a loss of GPS signals when attempting to communicate with airports in the northern region of Finmmark in northern Norway, near the Russian border.
Pilots and aviation officials say GPS has been disrupted over the northernmost regions of Norway and Finland—not far from one of Russia’s most important military bases https://t.co/AP8O6I7u72
— Chris (@chrstphr_woody) November 9, 2018
However, it should be noted that the official representative of the company stressed that he did not want to speculate on the causes that made the sign disappear and that he did not even mention Russia in his commentary to the media.
At the same time, Wenche Olsen, the director of the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority, told The Barents Observer, “it is hard to say what the causes might have been, but there is reason to believe that this might have been linked to military activities outside of Norwegian borders.”
Despite the various views expressed, The Barents Observer claims that Russia “has invested heavily in electronic warfare equipment” and that the country has allegedly trained its forces to block cell, radio and GPS signals.
However, this information has not yet been officially confirmed by any of the parties.