Finland to talk with Russia about GPS jamming during NATO exercise

An Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft (Bottom) and a Norwegian C-130 Hercules transport aircraft fly during NATO’s Trident Juncture 2018 exercise in Byneset near Trondheim, southwest Norway, October 30, 2018. Earlier this week, Norwegian officials said Russian troops in the Kola Peninsula were responsible for GPS signal jamming in Arctic Norway and Finland during Trident Juncture. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
Finland is expected to launch diplomatic talks with Russia over suspected GPS signal-jamming that affected areas in northern Norway and Finland.

Finnish officials have been investigating recent suspicions of scrambled GPS signals during large-scale NATO exercises that took place in Norway at the end of October.

Norwegian officials have hypothesised that Russia was responsible for jamming the signals, a theory that the Finnish Foreign Ministry said Finland is credible.

However ministry officials said Thursday that it would not be appropriate to publicly discuss the technical details of the incident.

The ministry said that it had handed over a report on the matter to Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and that officials will continue a probe into the case.

Finland’s position is that this kind of activity should not be allowed to pose a risk to aviation safety.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Nearly 2,000 Canadian troops take part in NATO’s largest exercise since Cold War, CBC News

Finland: Russian military conducts confidence-building visit to Lapland Air Command in the Finnish Arctic, Radio Canada International

Norway: Russian bombers fly mission along Norwegian coast: report, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russia holds anti-submarine drill in Arctic ahead of large NATO exercise in Norway, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Major deal between Sweden’s Saab and U.S. Air Force a “sign of closer transatlantic ties”, says defence expert, Radio Sweden

United States: New symposium brings U.S. military’s attention to the Arctic, Alaska Public Media

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