Russian Plane Humiliates US Warship in Black Sea
A Russian bomber plane has used advanced jamming technology to deactivate a US destroyer’s radar in the Black sea, causing a breakdown in morale for the ship’s crew.
The latest incident in the jostle to dominate the Black Sea following the Ukraine crisis will have the US military nervous, as a Russian warplane rendered the defence system of a US vessel inoperative. The SU-24 bomber plane outfitted with advanced electronic jamming equipment managed to scramble the missile-defence system of the American missile destroyer AEGIS vessel the Donald Cook.
The incident, which was reported in the Russian media, was later confirmed by the Pavel Zolotarov, a noted academic, according to the Voice of Russia.
The Donald Cook destroyer, which carries winged Tomahawk missiles, entered international waters in the Black Sea on 10 April, in a move that has been evaluated as a “show of strength” and an attempt to cow Russia following the coup in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.
However, the successful operation of the SU-24’s jamming system leaves little doubt about whether or not the “show of strength” has had its intended effect. The jammer suddenly rendered the radar screen, which tracks threats, inoperative, stopping any missiles from the warship from locking on to the plane.
After jamming its radars, the SU-24 flew over the Donald Cook from a low approach - the same manoeuvre that would be used by the plane in a real bombing run. This manoeuvre was repeated twice, during which time the attempts of the SU-24 to fix its radar system were unsuccessful.
Zolotarov described the incident as a sign of the weakness of the USA in the Black Sea. “The AEGIS system works well when there are several ships working together”, said Zolotarov. “But there was noother vessel besides the Donald Cook in the Black Sea.”
According to reports in the Western media, 27 members of the crew of the Donald Cook have requested transfers from the vessel. A Pentagon announcement confirmed these reports, citing the incident in the Black Sea as the reason for the crew’s breakdown in morale.