Russia disabled a Ukrainian Strizh-type (Tu-141) drone in the Tula region using Pole-21 electronic warfare complex.
In its official statement, the Russian defense ministry said the Kyiv regime tried to stage an attack with the use of a Strizh-type UAV on March 26. Russia has deployed S-300 and Pantsir air defense systems, and Pole-21 electronic warfare systems in the Tula region.
“The Pole-21 EW system disabled the Ukrainian drone’s navigation system. Having lost direction, the UAV fell down near the city of Kireyevsk in the Tula region,” the ministry claims.
Three people were wounded after the drone crashed. Three apartment blocks and four household structures were damaged.
The Pole-21 is intended to protect strategically important facilities against cruise missiles, drones and guided air bombs. It interferes with and suppresses any signals from navigation satellites within a range of more than 25 km.
The system jams the electromagnetic signals used for communication via the GPS satellite systems, Galileo, GLONASS, and Beidou.
The system features a modular architecture and consists of ECM R-340RP devices along with jamming antennas and other control means of the system. Each Pole-21 station includes a container with onboard equipment and up to 3 antenna components as well as a remote control panel which controls over 100 antennas.
Russians use Pole-21 systems to suppress satellite communications. The complex interferes with and suppresses any signals from navigation satellites within a range of more than 25 km, which are used to guide precision weapons that are lost in space and cannot perform a combat mission.