By Sean Gallagher | February 8, 2018 | ARS Technica
For much of February—and in some places, well into March—the US military will be jamming signals from the Global Positioning System as part of training exercises over vast swaths of the Western United States, as well as in smaller areas surrounding major military facilities across the US.
A major source of the GPS jamming will be Red Flag 18-1, the first phase of the air war games staged every year from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, with events ranging as far north as the Seattle air traffic control area. Electronic warfare aircraft, including the Navy's EA-18 Growler and the Air Force's EC-130 Compass Call, will play a role in shutting down the satellite navigation system for everything within as large as a 450 nautical mile radius.
The jamming will be restricted for the most part to periods between 11pm and 2am Eastern Time. This is when commercial air traffic is at its least dense, so the impact on air travel should be negligible. But the exact times may vary. And jamming tests for other exercises during the same period—including some at or off the coast of Navy nuclear sub bases at Bangor in Washington and Kings Bay, Georgia—may have an impact on commercial shipping and fishing vessels. READ MORE...
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