Electronic Warfare: What frightened the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea?

Electronic warfare may become a dramatic game-changer in the event of a military confrontation between the United States and Russia. According to an article first published by Voltairenet in September 2014, a US warship was disabled in the Black Sea in April 2014 after an encounter with a Russian Su-24 tactical bomber.

According to this article, the USS Donald Cook entered the waters of the Black Sea on  April 10, 2014, and two days later (April 12) a Russian Sukhoi-24 (Su-24) tactical bomber flew over the vessel, triggering an incident that, according to some media reports, “completely demoralized its crew”.

The Russian jet carried neither bombs nor missiles, but only a device resembling a basket mounted under the fuselage, which, according to Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, contained a Russian electronic warfare device called Khibiny.

“As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up – or about to be – with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.

The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft – unarmed – repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away.”

– Excerpt from Voltairenet article

This short TomoNews US video illustrates the incident:

Henri Thibodeau

About Henri Thibodeau

Freelance writer and translator based in Quebec, Canada.
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