Planes landing in Israel see GPS signals disrupted
Jerusalem, June 27, 2019 (AFP) - GPS signals in Israel's airspace have been
disrupted for three weeks, a government spokesman said Thursday, with local
reports suggesting that Russia might be the cause of the problem.
It has baffled authorities who have failed to find the source and forced
airports to change some landing procedures, a spokesman for the Israel
Airports Authority said.
Air traffic controllers have been instructing planes to use instrument
landing systems, "and at no point has there been a safety incident pertaining
to the GPS disruption due to navigation accuracy and flight routes," the IAA
said in a statement.
The International Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations noted on its
website earlier this week it had received "many reports from pilots that they
have experienced loss of GPS signal in the vicinity of the Ben Gurion
International Airport," Israel's main civilian airport.
While Israeli officials could offer no concrete information as to the
source of the problem, an army radio report said Russia was "responsible" for
the GPS problems, though there was no indication it was being done
Other media reports said the disruption may be related to Russian military
activity in neighbouring Syria.
A Russian embassy spokesman could not be reached for comment but Israeli
media quoted the embassy labelling the reports "fake news".
Speaking with army radio, former Israeli air force commander Amos Yadlin
said Israel might be suffering "collateral damage" from a cyber battlefield in
The Israeli army did not shed light on the issue, saying the issue was "of
civilian concern" and its operations were currently not affected by the