American warplanes are being jammed as they fly missions over Syria, preventing them from telling friend from foe on the battlefield.
General Raymond Thomas, head of U.S. Special Operations Command, said unspecified ‘adversaries’ were ramping up cyber attacks in the region.
He said the Air Force AC-130 gunship was ‘aggressively’ targeted, which could force it to abort missions and leave ground forces exposed.
‘Right now in Syria, we’re in the most aggressive electronic warfare environment on the planet from our adversaries,’ he said.
‘They’re testing us every day, knocking our communications down, disabling our AC-130s, etc.’
General Thomas made the candid remarks in his keynote address to a U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation symposium on Tuesday.
He did not mention who was responsible for the jamming, but military commentators believed he was almost certainly referring to Russia.
AC-130s are frequently used as air support for U.S. special forces and American-backed rebel fighters fighting in Syria.