Infrastructure War: Is Russia Really "Cutting" Communications of American Satellites?

Very interesting data were published the other day by the military department of France. It is alleged that on September 29, French ships allegedly “expelled” the Novorossiysk diesel-electric submarine from their territorial waters in the Bay of Biscay, which was accompanied by the Sergey Balk tugboat (it is not entirely clear on his account whether he also entered the French waterways or was nearby).

As you can see, the incident occurred 3 days after the sabotage at Nord Stream. Arguing about the possible reasons for the appearance of a Russian submarine in this area, most foreign fortune-tellers turn to the map of underwater trunk Internet cables, pointing their fingers at the “bundle” of them coming out of the bay. It is concluded that "Novorossiysk" reconnoitered on the ground where exactly the cables run along the bottom, in order to prepare a "retaliatory strike" for the destruction of gas pipelines. True, to whom Putin is going to “revenge” for the pipes he himself (according to the official Western interpretation) blew up, is not specified.

It is interesting that on the same day as the stuffing about the Russian submarine, a new revelation was issued by the recently revealed “Kremlin agent” Elon Musk: the group of Starlink satellite routers allegedly belonging to him is under active Russian attacks, and SpaceX has to spend significant funds to protect them. Musk does not disclose details, but says that the Starlink system is in danger of being destroyed.

If you take the word of foreign sources, it turns out that Russia is waging a real “wire war” against hostile states, attacking communication lines here and there in a guerrilla style. But is it really so?

Cornet Obolensky, cut the wires!

On the one hand, in the current political situations of this kind of attack on our part would be more than justified. There are also technical possibilities for them, at least in the direction of "earth - space".

Not so long ago, just on November 15 last year, the Russian Aerospace Forces successfully tested an anti-satellite missile, hitting a non-functioning Soviet Tselina-D apparatus at an altitude of 550 km. The collision of the Russian satellite Kosmos-2009 and the American Iridium in 2251 is also considered by some to be not an accident, but the first ever ram-controlled one satellite of another. Finally, on October 4, the Ministry of Defense officially announced some "experiments" carried out in orbit with spacecraft from third countries, without details. At a minimum, it can be assumed that the possibility of forced towing of an alien satellite “by the handle” into another orbit was being worked out: in January of this year, the Chinese satellite SJ-21 demonstrated the fundamental possibility of such manipulation.

As for Starlink specifically, Rogozin, who at that time was the general director of Roscosmos, in May frightened Musk with responsibility for using his satellites in the interests of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. However, many of Rogozin's earlier outrageous statements (and not only him) did not pass the test of reality, so few people took his threats seriously. It turns out, in vain?

It's hard to say, especially since Musk himself is also a fan of big words. It is possible that his complaints are not an empty phrase, but, most likely, we are not talking about attempts to physically "hijack" or destroy satellites, but about massive cyber attacks on Starlink. These can also lead to serious damage, including the loss of spacecraft, and at the same time “fight” with Musk’s words about “defense spending” - he didn’t really mean that SpaceX “fighter drones” are somewhere in orbit fight with Roskosmos "experimental satellites" on titanium knives, and Starlink routers began to be equipped with stun guns for self-defense?

If everything is more or less good with the space “front” (even, one might say, good), then the capabilities of the Russian Navy to carry out sabotage at deep-sea objects are unclear, but rather modest than great. In general, it is customary to scold our fleet for technical backwardness (especially in the field of underwater weapons and mine-sweeping weapons) and the preponderance of the "ceremonial" component over the tactical and operational, and these reproaches, to put it mildly, are not without foundation.

But a sabotage such as carried out at SP-1/2 or a hypothetical undermining of Internet backbones seems to be something simple only at first glance. Like building a "dirty bomb", an effective strike on an underwater infrastructure facility requires the solution of several non-trivial technical and organizational problems. At a minimum, it is necessary to create ammunition that can be “dropped” quite accurately from a depth of a couple of hundred another thousand or two meters below, despite the pressure and current. Yes, in fact, finding that same intercontinental cable - not on a rather conventional scheme from open access, but on a dark and dirty bottom - is not an easy task.

Frankly, I doubt that Russian submarines and submariners are ready for such operations - yet they are more suitable for the competence of some special submarine forces. And most importantly, the Russian VPR has not yet threatened such actions and has not demonstrated practical readiness for them. blows even on Ukrainian infrastructure preceded by eight months of dubious "humanism".

Then why was the stuffing about the alleged incident made? The most obvious option is to maintain a sufficient degree of the "Russian threat", which began to fall along with the temperature outside. It is also possible that this is an attempt to somehow divert attention from the Nord Streams, or rather, from the “curious” course of the “investigation” of the sabotage and the increasing number of accusations against the Americans.

Finally, it is possible that this is informational preparation for future new attacks on European infrastructure, the purpose of which can be both the discussed cables (the loss of which will lead to much greater consequences than just the inability to access social networks) and still living gas pipelines: maybe Turkish Stream, or maybe the Norwegian-Polish Baltic Pipe. In the process of "draining" Europe there are no untouchables.

Vouchers for the Internet

What the Americans are really worried about is the stability of the telecommunications systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Kyiv regime as a whole. The Nazis demonstrate quite skillful use of the advantages of modern “network-centric” automated command and control systems, which made a great contribution to the September successes of the Ukrainian troops.

The main problem of these Ukrainian systems - the current "Krapiva", which was previously used by "GIS ARTA" - is that they use the channels of existing civil networks for data transmission. This is literally their “strength turned weakness” after the start of Russian infrastructure strikes. The failure of communication networks, even as a result of a blackout, will put the command controllability of the troops into question.

In addition (and this is perhaps even more important), Ukraine, deprived of access to the Internet, will cease to generate content, both useful and useful. Together with the upcoming energy saving measures (and the possible collapse of already European energy systems), this will seriously reduce the ability of Western administrations to intimidate their population with “evil Russians”.

Therefore, the Anglo-Saxons are taking serious measures to ensure that the “allies” have an unbreakable connection. It is quite expected that the demarche of the same Musk to disconnect the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Starlink ended in zilch: the businessman was popularly explained that the struggle for democracy requires sacrifice, including from him too. While he may try to push his line through covert sabotage of fascist communications, it is likely that the SpaceX network is under heavy government oversight.

Meanwhile, in the territories controlled by the Nazis, they are working on unloading mobile networks. Starting from October 10, the population is strongly recommended to install special applications on smartphones that allow them to be used as walkie-talkies for communication over a short distance. This is being done not only to increase the stability of the communication system as a whole, but also in order to free the networks from at least part of the domestic traffic, and use the bandwidth for military needs.

In addition, several large Western IT companies received orders for the speedy introduction of automated information processing complexes into the command structures of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It is reported that the US firm Palantir will provide American (and possibly British) mercenary units in Ukraine with access to its MetaConstellation satellite monitoring system, which is capable of automatically taking and sorting images of the desired location in various bands (optical, infrared, etc.) .) And the British company Micro Focus, already firmly seated on the Ukrainian market, undertook to create something like a “strategic processor” capable of automated intelligence analysis, directly for Kyiv.

Although the effect of these measures will not come immediately and is unlikely to be "dramatic", the Russian side should not wait for it either. Further massive strikes against enemy infrastructure, including communications, may nullify the enemy's preparations before he does them - so these strikes must be continued without any sentimentality.
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  1. prior Offline prior
    prior (Vlad) 17 October 2022 10: 44
    Russia will not respond to Western attacks until the West starts bombing the Kremlin.
    Everything else is fantasy...
  2. lance Offline lance
    lance 17 October 2022 11: 15
    underwater cables as well as pipelines to depths of 500m are easily removed. and in Russia there is Belgorod with Poseidon or the world, he doesn’t care.
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 17 October 2022 11: 38
    And, the fact that "Russia is "cutting" the communications" of the West has been written for 10-15 years. Zero point really.
    But about their own publicized projects of submarine cables across the north - they chatted, chatted and fell silent.
  4. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 17 October 2022 11: 53
    Ideally, you need to start a targeted hunt for each of the satellite Internet terminals. Yes, there are thousands of them, but if you use micro-drones with a minimum load (how much does the antenna need) and aim at their characteristic frequency, then the cost of destroying the network of terminals will be comparable to their cost, and the effect of their destruction is huge.
    1. Corsair Offline Corsair
      Corsair (DNR) 17 October 2022 12: 56
      Quote: calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich
      if you use micro-drones with a minimum load (how much the antenna needs) and aiming at the radiation of their characteristic frequency, then the costs of destroying the network of terminals will be comparable to their cost, and the effect of their destruction will be huge.

      The cost of creating and replicating its own micro-drones will be comparable to Musk's costs of developing and deploying his own satellite constellation.

      You, honestly, if you don’t live in Russia ...
      1. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 17 October 2022 15: 41
        Under conditions of military necessity, "non-commercial" decisions can also be made.
        In addition, there may already be backlogs in R&D that were simply unclaimed earlier.
        It is important to form a request for a cheap, mass-produced, disposable drone (perhaps even Chinese), capable of flying independently (descending from the casting area by the operator) to the "light" of the terminal's antenna. M.b. something like switching the function of returning "home" to returning to a new "master" with self-detonation at the end of the path.
      2. Opozdavshiy Offline Opozdavshiy
        Opozdavshiy (Sergei) 22 October 2022 17: 39
        Dear, it is you, judging by your content, "do not live in Russia."
        Microdrones that aim at any cell phone have been developed for a hundred years. Their cost is several times less than the cost of iPhones. But they are prohibited not only for use, but also for development. A ban on the type of bacteriological or chemical weapons.
        But similar bells and whistles that hunt routers do not seem to be banned yet, but I don’t know for sure.
        1. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 24 November 2022 22: 04
          But they are prohibited not only for use, but also for development.

          Where did the firewood come from?
  5. Hiker Offline Hiker
    Hiker (Dmitriy) 17 October 2022 13: 07
    Agreement for Ukraine. Ordinary people go to war, but corporations loot?
    Explain why everyone is trying to talk about the war with NATO?
    But!!!!! The European Union (NATO) has increased LNG supplies from Russia by 50%!
    There really is NO war!
    Well, as if Stalin fought with Germany and the satellites and at the same time increased gas supplies there !!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. Eduard Aplombov Offline Eduard Aplombov
      Eduard Aplombov (Eduard Aplombov) 17 October 2022 13: 47
      like small children. the same thing, for years
      Well, do you think that the West will be left without gas, stop us, Russia, from supplying gas through pipes and LNG7
      where will we put the huge surplus of produced gas, burn it? and pay gas workers for its production?
      they increased the sale of LNG to China, India, and what, they demanded huge discounts and at the same time they themselves began to sell the same gas to the West, we suffered losses, others made a profit. The West is the same gas
      and now look from the other side, NATO is at war with Russia and buys gas from them, from us, from Russia, that is, it sponsors the enemy, us, with huge money, why do local inhabitants like you ask questions, stop buying, etc.
      1. voland_1 Offline voland_1
        voland_1 (Vladimir) 17 October 2022 21: 16
        We can’t buy green papers - sanctions. Gazprombank stores them for the next confiscation. Burn them in the oven? can gas be better in every house?
      2. zenion Offline zenion
        zenion (zinovy) 23 October 2022 16: 18
        So with a black sheep, even a tuft of wool. The people will pay the rest.
  6. dub0vitsky Offline dub0vitsky
    dub0vitsky (Victor) 17 October 2022 16: 16
    Quote: Corsair
    Quote: calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich
    if you use micro-drones with a minimum load (how much the antenna needs) and aiming at the radiation of their characteristic frequency, then the costs of destroying the network of terminals will be comparable to their cost, and the effect of their destruction will be huge.

    The cost of creating and replicating its own micro-drones will be comparable to Musk's costs of developing and deploying his own satellite constellation.

    You, honestly, if you don’t live in Russia ...

    Billions of microdrones scattered over the territory of Ukraine. Okay, Musk, he launches half a thousand with one rocket. I imagine a bearded Russian man in a shirt, trousers and bast shoes, (SOWER), scattering microscopic pieces of iron, as they scattered wheat in the old days. Painting by Ostap Bender.
    1. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 17 October 2022 17: 36
      This is not about satellites, but about cheap propeller grenades.
      In war, simplicity and accessibility of the means used decide a lot. Such drones, which do not even need cameras, can fill up and blind the entire front line of the enemy.
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 17 October 2022 19: 41
        Any product is expensive in single copies (which is what happens in the Russian Federation). Putting on stream, they get cheaper by an order of magnitude. But in the Russian Federation they are used to sawing, and not working, because there are samples and small series, there is no production flow - why produce, it’s still necessary to work, it’s troublesome, so sawing is easier and simpler, and doing almost nothing, especially with kickbacks. Conclusion: the top management of the Russian Federation is rotten and no longer suitable for its intended purpose. To change the highest stratum of the bureaucracy, which allowed weapons and supplies to such a state (including the RF Armed Forces and Defense Ministry), otherwise Russia will be defeated in today's confrontations.
  7. Watching Offline Watching
    Watching (Alex) 17 October 2022 20: 19
    Mediocre conclusion: Russia is informationally on the dark side of the moon. crests have cards in their hands. How does the Russian Federation expect to defeat "Kievan Rus"? Power, wake up, your mother at last...
  8. vlad127490 Offline vlad127490
    vlad127490 (Vlad Gor) 17 October 2022 22: 54
    NATO will force the authorities of the Russian Federation to decide legislatively on Ukraine, will force the mobilization of industry, technology, and the mobilization of the entire Russian society in the Russian Federation. It is the 8th month of the NWO, and the "elite" of the Russian Federation still hopes to come to an agreement with NATO. Unfortunately, only the defeat of the Russian Federation in the NWO makes the authorities fight for their existence.
  9. sH, arK Offline sH, arK
    sH, arK 18 October 2022 08: 49
    The ignorance of the author, bordering on stupidity, is amazing. More precisely, stupidity to write on topics from which the author is infinitely far away! Just in Russia, fortunately or unfortunately, there is an "office" whose budget and technical capabilities are incomparable with anyone else in the field of underwater sabotage - this is the GUGI (Main Directorate of Deep Sea Research)!
  10. Grei grin Offline Grei grin
    Grei grin (Gray Grin) 18 October 2022 18: 17
    It wouldn't be bad though! But here, as they say, the cornet Obolensky drank away the orders! But at least it is necessary to bomb without ceasing and preferably with multi-ton Soviet land mines, with which Azovstal was bombed with punishers, the Soviet Union should help its own even from the past! Or maybe from the future?
  11. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 19 October 2022 10: 16
    Some assumptions about what most likely will not happen. Those. empty talk.
  12. Kuramori Reika Offline Kuramori Reika
    Kuramori Reika (Kuramori Reika) 22 October 2022 07: 30
    Do you need explosives to destroy them? There must be enough difference in pressure, or some kind of bottom collapse along the way, that will interrupt the cables. I would just blow up the Gazprom gas carriers that Germany stole