SpaceX Satellite Defends Pentagon from Russian Attack

When the war broke out between Ukraine and Russia, SpaceX founder Elon Musk quickly provided Ukraine access to Starlink satellites, keeping the country connected and easily defending it against Russian electromagnetic attacks. “from an electronic warfare technologist’s point of view, this is fantastic,” says Dave Tremper, the Pentagon’s Director of Electronic Warfare.

According to foreign media reports, since the Russian occupation of Crimea in 2014, the Russian military has extensively used electronic warfare in the Donbas region of Ukraine, using electromagnetic signals to locate Ukrainian troops and destroy drones and other equipment. Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, which supplies Ukraine’s satellite network, also said that Russia had disabled Starlink satellites for several hours, but that it was able to keep out all attacks after a two-day software update.

In response, Tremper point out the Starlink devices can quickly update their software when threats arise. This is something the U.S. needs to learn. In an interview with C4ISRNET last week, he said the US needed to step up its own electronic warfare response.

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