Military GPS Blackout Could Cause Flight Delays in Western US

first_imgThe annual Red Flag war exercise by the US Air Force will cause disruptions in the GPS and navigation systems of many commercial flights in the region according to Foxtrot Alpha. In some cases electronics may be jammed completely.Training exercises are limited to 8-11 pm PST, but that will be enough to cause some major disruptions.According to Flying Magazine, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) issued a warning to expect delays.“NBAA Command Center reports the U.S. military will begin training exercises on the Nevada Test and Training Range between [8-11 pm PST] daily,” the statement reads. “Training maneuvers will impact vast portions of the Western U.S. including California, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico. FAA enroute ATC centers affected include Albuquerque (ZAB), Denver (ZDV), Los Angeles (ZLA), Salt Lake (ZLC), Oakland (ZOA) and Seattle (ZSE).”Las Vegas will be most impacted and there will be extensive delays during exercise hours.The intention of the exercises is to train in the most realistic scenarios possible. With the rise of the electronic and information fronts of modern war, it’s likely that the military organizations participating in the exercise anticipate real-world GPS disruptions during combat. Tests will involve teams from the US, UK, and Australia. One plane from the Australian forces went down injuring several, but that and the GPS disruption are the only concerns so far.Modern battlefields are complicated, and have been further muddled by the addition of cheap jamming technology. It’s now possible to buy a simple GPS jammer yourself, and there have been plenty of instances of nefarious actors using the tech all over. And, it makes sense. Future wars will be fought chiefly with information. They’d have to be. Technology being what it is, if you can kick the essential services out from under your opponent, you can cripple their ability to respond or conduct themselves. It’s a scary world, indeed. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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