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GPS is being jammed in UK

GPS is being jammed in UK

Thu 26th April 2018

GPS is being jammed in an area of the north-west Highlands as part of a major military exercise.

The services will be unavailable at times between Tuesday 22nd April and Thursday 3rd May during Joint Warrior exercise, which is a mine warfare and live firing training activity.

The jamming, focused on an area around Loch Ewe in Wester Ross, is to be done at specific times.

The Royal Navy said the operations would not affect broadband or mobile phone services and was being done as part of war-fighting training.

Details on the timings of the jamming has been provided by the Navy, you can read all the official information online here.

'Real-life operations'

A Royal Navy spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that none of the activity associated with Joint Warrior 181 will have an effect on broadband services.

"GPS jamming operations will take place at specific times and in a limited area in the north-west of Scotland.

"Mobile phone signals will not be jammed during Exercise Joint Warrior and contact with emergency services will still be possible."

She added: "GPS jamming is routinely practised and is an essential part of the preparation for real-life operations, enabling our armed forces to prepare for the modern battlefield."

Jamming is routinely done during the staging of Joint Warrior, a major Nato exercise led by the UK.

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