Airport Technology: Russian aggression shows the West’s GNSS weakness

In the modern world, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) form the digital link between all elements of society, from military, to parapublic and civilian.

Richard Thomas, Editor-in-Chief at Airport Technology, recently wrote about the real threat to GPS and satellite connectivity. Is this a reversion to the Cold War-era environment or are we facing different threats now as then? Thomas also spoke to NextNav CEO, Ganesh Pattabiraman on how the global security environment is changing and the threats posed to GNSS and satellite services in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and an apparent reshaping of the global world order.

“As war rages on Europe’s eastern front and hostilities with Russia are at a level not seen since the Cold War, recent months have brought security threats – including cyber and military – into sharp focus. However, threats to navigation systems are rarely discussed.

Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) signals around the Russian border and in and around Ukraine have been consistently jammed and spoofed to support the Russian military offensive. Whilst the idea that such action would be taken against the UK and its infrastructure may have seemed improbable at the start of the year, so was the thought of war on the European continent in the 21st century.

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