Monday, March 6, 2017

Murmansk-BN modern electronic warfare

The new «Murmansk-BN» modern electronic warfare complex (EW) received by the Russian armed forces in April 2016, according to the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry.

The new «Murmansk-BN» system, created by KRET specialists, is a formidable weapon for defending any of the enemy’s air targets. The complex is radio reconnaissance, interception of enemy signals and their suppression. It works around the shortwave bands.

The «MurmThis system was developed as part of a Russian strategic electronic warfare system and operates as a network centric capability. The primary target of the Murmansk-BN is the West's High Frequency Global Communications System (HFGCS). It was unveiled in November 2016 as the system prototype was achieving some test successes. is capable of disorganizing command & control of potential enemy. He works at a distance of more than 5 000 km.

Murmansk-BN travels in seven heavy (4x6) trucks. It takes several days for the telescoping masts (to 32 meters/102 feet) on four of the trucks to be positioned and for the electronic monitoring system to be calibrated and activated. Murmansk-BN appears to be most useful monitoring radio signals over a long distance and locating precisely where a transmission is coming from. Murmansk-BN is largely automated monitoring of shortwave transmissions as far as 5,000 kilometers away. Russia claims Murmansk-BN can jam shortwave signals over that distance as well. What is uncertain is just how effective Murmansk-BN actually is despite the fact that it was known for nearly a decade that Russia was developing such a system.