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Ukraine Soldiers Find Mysterious Container Left Behind by Russian Forces

Rogue Valley

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Apr 18, 2013
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Ukraine Soldiers Find Mysterious Container Left Behind by Russian Forces


Ukraine's armed forces have captured a "mysterious container" that could be part of one of Russia's most advanced electronic warfare (EW) systems currently in service, according to a Twitter account that monitors weapons seized or destroyed during the conflict. Twitter user @UAWeapons shared photos of a container and a military truck, identifying the first as likely to be the command post of a 1RL257 Krasukha-4 mobile EW system. It is likely to be the command post of one of the most potent Russian EW system - 1RL257 Krasukha-4, used to suppress AWACS radars & radar reconnaissance satellites. EW systems, first developed by Britain during the World War II, are considered among the most important fighting elements in modern warfare, although they often don't get the same media attention as heavy artillery.

The Krasukha-4 is a mobile, ground-based EW system designed to detect and jam radars, covering troops from radar detection and preventing Ukrainian forces from gathering intelligence. The system consists of two parts mounted on two KAMAZ-6350 vehicles, one carrying the EW system and one carrying the command post module. The Krasukha-4 is said to be able to suppress airborne warning and control system radars, unmanned aerial vehicles and missile systems, preventing them from functioning properly. The goal of these Russian EW systems in Ukraine is to make it harder for Ukrainian forces to monitor the trajectory of short- and medium-range missiles targeting Russian tanks and armored vehicles. The system is said to be able to cause significant damage to the enemy's own EW systems.

These pieces of Russian military hardware/software will likely wind up in Langley for diagramming and reverse engineering.
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