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Russia’s Defense Ministry has received the top-notch anti-radar system Krasukha-4. The system is designed to guard against aircraft-based electronic surveillance – including that carried out by drones.
Bryansk electromechanical plant has delivered 1RL257 Krasukha-4 broadband multifunctional jamming stations to the defense ministry, RIA Novosti reported on Sunday, citing a spokesman from the Radioelectronic Technologies group.
The stations, which will complement Krasukha-2 units already in use by the Russian army, will provide the military with powerful radar jamming capability.
While technical details of the units have remained top-secret, sources cited by Russian media have described the system as “unique.”
Krasukha-4 is able to effectively shield objects on the ground against radio-locating surveillance satellites, ground-based radars, or aircraft-installed Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS), a source with knowledge of the system told Izvestiya.
TSA Admin. Rec., Vol 3, Doc. 137, p. 2219 (U//FOUO) states:
mid-201 1, terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known
to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports;
instead, their focus is on fundraising, recruiting, and propagandizing.”
documents published on Pacer.gov reveal that or years the TSA has not
believed that there is a domestic threat at airports — yet they have
continued with the security theatre anyway.
NASA has reversed the decision to bar six Chinese scientists from a space conference after US astronomers pledged to boycott the event, fighting for academic freedom.
The meeting is due to take place in California in early November, and is set to focus on exoplanets – bodies outside the solar system.
The Chinese scientists were banned from participating, with NASA saying the decision had been made because of their nationality and security issues, AFP reported.
However, the move triggered a wave of outrage among prominent US astronomers.
“The meeting is about planets located trillions of miles away, with no national security implications,” Geoff Marcy, an astronomy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, pointed out in an email to the organizers.
China’s Foreign Ministry also blasted NASA’s denial of the researchers’ applications as discriminatory, arguing that politics should have no place at academic meetings.
After a few days, NASA wrote a letter to the Chinese scientists, saying they had looked into the law and found no obstacles to the six attending.
“We have since been able to clarify the intent of the referenced legislation and are pleased to inform you that this decision has been reversed and your paperwork is being reviewed for clearance,” Xinhua quoted the letter as saying on Monday.
However, it isn’t clear yet if the move will work: the necessary security checks can take several weeks. Plus, the relevant government offices may still be closed after the US government shutdown.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden responded earlier this month by pledging to review the committee’s decision, which he blamed on “mid-level managers” at the agency’s Ames Research Center, which is hosting the event.
The confusion was apparently caused by a US law passed in 2011 that prevents NASA funds from being used to collaborate with China.
The organization wasn’t immediately available for comment after the latest news, though.
NASA went through some hard times earlier this month: due to the partial government shutdown and the failure to pass the budget on time, 97 percent of their employees received no salaries in October. Due to that fact, the organization didn’t manage to release an official statement.