Pilots in northern Norway report an enormous uptick in GPS sign jamming

Kirkenes airport in Norway’s northeast. Pilots right here have by no means skilled extra GPS jamming than this November and December. (Thomas Nilsen / The Impartial Barents Observer)

Pilots are reporting lack of navigation GPS on flights each within the jap and western elements of Finnmark, Norway’s northernmost area, newspaper iFinnmark reviews.

It’s jamming from Russia’s Kola Peninsula that severely troubles passenger flights to the distant airports in Finnmark.

“GPS issues are reported 2-3 occasions per week by our pilots since 2018. This has now escalated vastly,” Catharina Solli with the regional airline Widerøe instructed iFinnmark. Widerøe is northern Europe’s largest regional airliner. In Finnmark, the corporate operates day by day flights to 11 airports from Kirkenes within the east to Hasvik within the west.

An outline by the Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom), printed by Faktisk Verifiserbar, reveals 81 days with lack of GPS indicators in jap Finnmark within the interval from January 1 to November 16. That was 4 occasions greater than reported in 2021.

The next month grew to become a lot worse.

“Our pilots right here [flying in Finnmark] registered lack of GPS indicators 17 occasions in November. And now in December, it’s really much more. Per December 20 now we have skilled lack of GPS indicators 27 occasions,” Solli says.

One other change is that jamming additionally impacts the western a part of Finnmark, a number of hundred kilometers from the border with Russia.

The Barents Observer beforehand reported that Russia has devoted digital warfare troops on the Kola Peninsula that recurrently train its navigation jamming capacities.

In keeping with Faktisk Verifiserbar, the navy forces intensified jamming of GPS indicators at a number of areas in Russia shortly after Ukrainian drones hit the Engels airbase within the Saratov area on December 5.