Following wild speculations about a secret Russian military base at a private island in western Finland, the country’s Prime Minster Juha Sipila has come with a statement blaiming Moscow for GPS failures during the recent NATO war games.
On November 11, Sipila stated that Finland’s GPS signal had been intentionally disrupted during NATO’s exercise Trident Juncture over the past few weeks.
“It is possible that Russia has been the disrupting party in this. Russia is known to possess such capabilities,” Sipila told public broadcaster Yle.
On November 6, Finland’s air navigation services issued a warning for air traffic due to a large-scale GPS interruption in the northern part of the country. Norway released a similar warning about loss of GPS signals for pilots in its own airspace in late October when the Trident Juncture started. Since then, some mainstream media outlets have been in fire speculating about the “Russian involvement” into these GPS failures.
The Trident Juncture 2018 took place from October 25 to November 23 2018 involving 50,000 servicemembers, 10,000 vehicles, 250 aircraft and 65 vessels from 31 states. The war games mainly took place in central and eastern parts of Norway, and air and sea areas in Norway, Sweden and Finland – near Russia’s border. This was the largest NATO exercise sicne the 1980s.