An advanced Russian electronic warfare system has been seized by Ukrainian troops.
The Krasukha-4 command module can jam drones, missiles, and low-orbit satellites, and may also be able to track NATO aircraft.
The system is set to be taken to Germany and flown to the US, where it will be carefully examined.
#Ukraine: We managed to identify this bizarre "container", captured today by the UA forces near #Kyiv.— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) March 22, 2022
It is likely to be the command post of one of the most potent Russian EW system - 1RL257 Krasukha-4, used to suppress AWACS radars & radar reconnaissance satellites. pic.twitter.com/1VvKjGoM2p
The Krasukha-4 was found on the outskirts of Kyiv, slightly damaged, but otherwise operational.
Russian troops appear to have attempted to cover the command module with branches to hide it, after an unknown accident or issue caused them to abandon it. They did not try to destroy it.
The Krasuha-4 is a broadband multifunctional jamming system, which can disrupt Low Earth Orbit spy satellites, including the US Lacrosse/Onyx series, satellites, ground-based radars, airborne surveillance radars like AWACS and JSTARS, and radar-guided ordinance.
The jammer may be able to damage enemy radar electronic warfare and communications systems. It can also disrupt unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and anti-radiation missiles (ARMs).