Russia behind GPS disruptions in Israeli airspace

Russia behind GPS disruptions in Israeli airspace

Russia is responsible for the unexplained GPS signals distortions mid-air around Ben Gurion Airport over the past month, Israeli security officials believe.

Pilots have been experiencing unexplained GPS disruptions in Israeli airspace in the past month. Despite such concerns, “measures are in place to allow safe landings and takeoffs” at Ben Gurion airport, authorities said on Wednesday.

Senior officials estimate that the reason for the GPS disruptions is a hostile attack by Russia.

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“At no stage has there been a safety incident stemming from the GPS disruption in the context of the precision of navigation and flight corridors,” the Israel Airports Authority said in a statement.

Pilots use GPS for navigation within the Israeli airspace, and for takeoff and landing. Pilots have alternative instrument landing and navigation systems that are not reliant on the GPS to work. Incoming flights were instructed to turn off GPS systems and use the alternative instruments, as long as the interruptions continue.

“This is an incident in the civilian arena, which the IDF is assisting with technological means, in order to allow freedom of action in the airspace of the State of Israel. At this point in time, this incident does not affect the IDF’s activity. The IDF is constantly working to preserve freedom of action and optimal operations across the spectrum,” the IDF said.

On Tuesday, a trilateral meeting took place between national security advisers of the US, Russia, and Israel in Jerusalem. During a joint press conference, PM Netanyahu said that “security cooperation between Russia and Israel has already contributed much to the security and stability of our region and has made a fundamental difference in the situation in the region.”

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