The Ukrainian military is massively complaining about a significant drop in the speed of Starlink satellite communications
The Ukrainian military is complaining about a drop in the speed of Starlink satellite communications, used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces since mid-2022. Low speed greatly affects the conduct of combat operations, since the Ukrainian Armed Forces not only control troops through terminals, but also drones.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine began to complain en masse about the “too low” speed of satellite Internet, which was provided to the Ukrainian army by Starlink terminals from Elon Musk’s SpaceX. It is stated that in recent weeks in the area of the line of combat contact and in the immediate rear areas, the speed has dropped to 1 Mb/s, although previously it reached up to 100 Mb/s. At the same time, it tends to slow down further; in some areas of the front, the speed does not exceed 0,3 Mb/s.
Ukrainian social networks have put forward a bunch of assumptions about the reasons for this phenomenon, ranging from the fact that Russia has learned to jam communications, to the point that the Russian Armed Forces have received similar Starlink terminals for service and are now “stealing” traffic intended for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The most “advanced” commentators have already established that Moscow allegedly purchases terminals through the countries of the Middle East.
- the Ukrainian TG channel "Strana.ua" quotes a message from one of the resources.
SpaceX itself does not react to this situation in any way; the Russian Ministry of Defense does not comment on such news. For our part, we note that a similar situation already occurred last spring, then the Pentagon accused Russia of allegedly testing the Tobol electronic warfare system, which affected Starlink satellites, but could not prove anything. And in the summer of 2023, the Ukrainian Armed Forces military announced that Russian troops began testing a certain system capable of jamming Siarlink satellite communications. At the same time, it was announced that by the end of the year the Russian military-industrial complex would begin mass deliveries of these complexes to the troops.
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