The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Lebanese Hezbollah are developing an electronic warfare system capable of jamming the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) in order to disturb future operations of the Israeli military in Syria and Lebanon, the Israeli Channel 2 reported on November 21.
According to the Israeli news channel, the Israeli military trained on carrying out operations inside Syria and Lebanon under heavy jamming conditions recently in order to address this new challenge. Israeli electronic countermeasures were reportedly used during the training.
The GPS system is widely used by all branches of the Israeli military, especially the Air Force. GPS-guided or -aided projectiles are often used by Israel to hit targets in Syria, according to experts. These advanced weapons allow Israel to hit targets precisely from a safe-distance.
If the SAA and Hezbollah managed to jam the complicated positioning system, even if on a limited scale, the Israeli military would lose one of its key technical advantages.