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Has America ever turned off GPS to impact aviation across Europe?

I can think of countless times Russia has leveraged its customers gas dependence for its own ends though.


Jul 16, 2019 at 2:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

Jul 16, 2019 at 1:20 PM | TinyCO2

It may also depend on when he was aware of the BBC's (and other Media's) knowledge.

Jul 16, 2019 at 2:15 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

I'm sure that witless Wttingdale went easy on the BBC because he hoped they'd go easy on his personal life. They also watch too much BBC output. Stockholm Syndrome.

Jul 16, 2019 at 1:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Having read this

I conclude that MPs are either ex BBC, or too frightened to criticize it for fear of excommunication or rigged derogatory interviews.

Jul 16, 2019 at 1:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterIt doesn't add up...


Germany has no physical route to import all its gas needs if Russian supplies are cut. It would need some fast track large scale LNG discharge and regasification facilities near to Nordstream landfall.

Jul 16, 2019 at 1:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterIt doesn't add up...

Gallileo was originally put in place to be independent of the US and the Russian GLONASS for military purposes, but in reality the main purpose was to be the spy in the sky monitoring all movements across Europe to enable road pricing and intelligence beyond the wildest dreams of the Stasi in Communist times. Road charges would have accrued as EU income to defray the system cost. It gave rise to rebellion in several EU countries including the UK, which instead pursued ANPR and phone tracking.

Jul 16, 2019 at 12:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterIt doesn't add up...

I'd say that the metooism identified by Rhoda is perfectly understandable, why rely on a GPS system that a fickle ally can turn off at anytime, why leave airtransport in the hands of a ruthless competitor, the British government should understand this having given aviation and electronics secrets to the USA with not even a thank you in return. China and Russia are both trying to enter the commercial aircraft manufacturing arena. The Euro gave Germany even more economic power in the EU, France mistakenly thought they'd benefit too.
The European elections industry has all but disappeared unfortunately, once household names failed to capitalise, Nokia, Ericsson, Siemens, Philips, Thomson, Marco I, Plessey all gone or a shadow of their former selves. Unfortunately as they were Finnish, Swedish, British rather than EU special treatment by home government went against EU rules whereas Texas Instruments and Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing didn't have the same problem, they look at Huawei and weep.

Jul 16, 2019 at 12:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterStill In The Dark

Galileo is mere me-too ism. Galileo is me-too GPS. Airbus is me-too Boeing The Euro is me-too Dollar. It's pathetic in its way.

Jul 16, 2019 at 12:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterRhoda Klapp

Deep down even the EU knows that Russia and China aren't to be trusted. It's wrong to compare German gas arrangements with GPS vulnerability because Germany has coal and 12 months storage of gas. If Russia played silly Devils, Germany would just switch suppliers.

Jul 16, 2019 at 12:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2


I think the only people the EU doesn't want to beholden to is the US. Clearly the EU has no issues kowtowing to Russia or China given how they have driven themselves in to the Russkies sphere of influence thanks to energy dependence.

Jul 16, 2019 at 11:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

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