A US military reconnaissance plane came under electronic attack from North Korea and had to make an emergency landing during a major military exercise in March, an aide to a lawmaker said Friday.I have always said that if you rely on the electromagnetic spectrum to the degree you cannot operate without it - you will be defeated.
The aide said the plane suffered disturbance to its global positioning system (GPS) by jamming signals from the North's southwestern cities of Haeju and Kaesong as it was taking part in the annual US-South Korea drill, Key Resolve.
The incident was disclosed in a report that Seoul's defence ministry submitted Thursday to opposition lawmaker Ahn Kyu-Baek of parliament's defence committee, the aide to Ahn told AFP.
Spokesmen for the defence ministry and US Forces Korea declined to comment.
Jamming signals, sent at intervals of five to 10 minutes in the afternoon on March 4, forced the plane to make an emergency landing 45 minutes after it was airborne, the aide quoted the report as saying.
We have become too reliant in GPS in the last 15 years; and too arrogant in our feeling of entitlement to the electronic commons. Try any non-GPS activity from navigation to weaponeering. Then take out SATCOM ..... watch.
There is plenty of good in this report - however accurate it may or may not be - if we are willing to listen.