BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Russian forces inside Syria are responsible for the unexplained GPS disruptions over Israeli airspace this past month, Israeli security officials told the Haaretz publication.
Citing the Israeli security establishment’s assessment, Haaretz said the disruptions were a result of electronic warfare waged by the Russian military in defense of their planes at the Hmeimim Airbase (var. Khemimim Airbase).
The Israel Airports Authority confirmed the reports, stating that the GPS disruptions have lasted for approximately three weeks and only occur during the daytime hours.
The IAA said ‘many’ pilots had reported that they lost satellite signal from the Global Positioning System (GPS) around Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.
However, the Russian ambassador to Israel stated on army radio that these reports are “fake news” and “can’t be taken seriously.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense has not commented on these claims.