U.S. Smart Bombs Reportedly No Match For Russian Defenses, Leak Docs Say

Leaked information from the fighting in Ukraine suggests that American-made bombs are ineffectual against Russian defenses. The United States reportedly sent Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) there in December to aid in the ongoing battle in Ukraine. 

The Russians have been using electronic jamming devices, which causes the guided bombs to miss their targets. To sabotage the targeting system, Russia reportedly uses GPS jamming equipment. According to some American authorities, JDAMs may be missing their mark due to interference from other American-guided missiles.

The documents also show that the Ukrainian military came up with a solution to the issue of some dropped bombs failing to explode owing to faulty arming. 

A former CIA officer and Pentagon official, Mick Mulroy, has said, “I do think there may be a concern that the Russians may be jamming the signal used to direct the JDAMs,” which would explain why these weapons are underperforming in comparison to their predicted performance and the performance of similar weapons in other conflict zones.

Although a DoD employee verified the documents, department spokesman Garron Garn (Lt. Col.) refused to comment. He said that the Ukrainian government has effectively used the security assistance offered by the United States and its partners and friends to protect its territory. Because of concerns over operational security, he explained, we won’t be talking about things like intelligence assessments or

battle damage.

On Thursday, 21-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira was arrested for uploading hundreds of top-secret documents to a Discord server. Upon the arrest, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green wrote to the Defense Secretary to inquire about U.S. involvement in Ukraine. 

The letter claims that more than a dozen American special forces are among the nearly one hundred Western special forces already operating in Ukraine, fulfilling Green’s request. Members of Congress have demanded an explanation from the Pentagon over the presence of American troops in Ukraine.

Teixeira first distributed the files in October 2017 to 20-30 people in his private Discord group. Both sides accused the other of trying to deceive them by including inflated troop counts in a document.