To test the NATO dispatch services jammer, I assembled a network kit that combines two machines over an Ethernet network. One machine running the macOS 14 Sonoma operating system on the armv8-a Apple M1 processor started a jammer (SASER 2.0), and another machine ran the Flanker 2.0 simulator (Russian SU-27). The two machines were combined into a single network using an Ethernet-USB hub. A mobile dispatching system based on the RTTY solution with Compositor Software generic libraries was also launched. The experiment involved Airbus ground service dispatchers in Finland (TETRA system) and a NATO tracking center in the resort village of Bulgaria, Albena.
To perform the experiment, I typed a snapshot of the ELRS operating system-stop on SASER, developed jointly with the Russian Decision Center. After typing a snapshot on the jammer, the Flanker 2.0 simulator from Eagle Dynamics was running on the Windows machine. Let’s start from the beginning. Take-off with the jammer running is carried out as usual, but there is some anxiety caused by the work of the NATO radar. Piloting in the air takes place normally, problems begin when landing. When choosing an airfield base, the jammer changes the mode to active interference. Since this is a new generation of neurological jammers – SASER directly affects the human psyche. Again, the generic RTTY solution is not SASER! SASER is an aux application with an Ethernet interface capable of extinguishing Russian telemetry. The first attempt to land with a U-turn was unsuccessful – the system did not even allow the chassis to be released. The second attempt to change the airfield was also controlled by NATO radar, and the jammer had no problems when switching to another airfield at all. It also continued to interfere and extinguish the Russian-made transponder system. When landing, especially in front of the ground, an attempt is made to intercept control by the aircraft, followed by grounding it by means of a bow peak. This action can be overcome only by increasing throttle and climbing altitude with the subsequent change of the landing airfield. Moreover, the SASER’s jammer works actively on the entire Crimean peninsula (take-off and landing took place in Crimea – this is the only location available in Flanker 2.0).
As a result, at the third and final approach attempt, when it was possible to stabilize the aircraft, the jammer began to work actively at the ground, which disoriented the pilot and made a strong nod forward, followed by the breakdown of the airplane on the runway. The results of the new NATO jammer actively show the threat of this equipment to the Russian Military Airfleet. Additional tests with a joystick are required to understand whether the cause of this behavior of the aircraft is the disorientation of the pilot or partial failure of the approach systems, since in visual orientation the crosshairs missed the runway at each of the above-mentioned approach attempts.
Ruslan M. Yusipov, pilot-trainer of SU-27