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Ukraine Has Reportedly Captured Part Of Russia’s Most Capable Electronic Warfare System

Ukraine’s forces seem to have found a containerized command post that is part of the Krasukha-4 mobile electronic warfare system. The Krasukha-4 is primarily designed to detect and jam large radars.

Ukrainian forces reportedly found this command post container outside of the capital Kyiv.

The photograph of the container shows it lying on its side with tree branches on top. There is damage to the command post module, notably along a part of the bottom edge of the frame, and the access doors on the side that is visible are missing.

Earlier this month, a production team from CNN was able to fly on a NATO E-3 on a mission near Poland’s borders with Ukraine and Belarus. “The Russians have also taken to trying to jam the NATO plane’s radar, an annoying but inevitable occurrence given how visible the giant spy plane is,” that outlet reported at the time, though no details were given about the source or sources of that interference.

If Ukrainian forces can safely retrieve this command post module, it could provide a huge insight to authorities in the country and their foreign partners.

It can also help in making countermeasures.

It is possible that the U.S. Intelligence Community, elements of which have been collaborating very closely with their Ukrainian counterparts during the conflict so far, could be in the process of trying to acquire or otherwise gain access to this portion of the Krasukha-4 system. They may, of course, have already come across another example during the conflict in Ukraine or through other, unrelated means. 

All told, Ukrainian forces capturing this outwardly unassuming metal box could have serious backlash for the Russian military and be a major asset to its opponents in Ukraine and elsewhere around the world, including in the United States.