January 16th, 2019

Why does NATO strengthen its military presence in the Arctic

Electronic Warfare Exercise Ramstein Guard will take place in Norway from 18 to 23 January 2019. According to an official press release from NATO official website this exercise is organized as a part of Multifunctional Electronic Warfare Рrogramme (MFEW) implemented by the US Army since 2015. It is aimed to provide the armed forces with jamming devices capable to suppress not only radiotelephone (mobile and satellite) link but also satellite radio-navigation system signals. It was announced by Colonel Gregory C.Griffin, Joint Regional Security Stack program manager.  

It is also specifies that in recent years the emphasis was placed on two aspects: defensive (jamming devices designed to disturb the signals of remote-controlled IEDs that create a safe zone around personnel and military equipment) and signals intelligence. Twelve week-long exercises within MFEW were planned throughout the last year across NATO nations in order to maintain command, control and information transfer between units to overcome interference that would impact on the Alliance’s ability to detect and monitor veiled threats.

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