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What happens to British ships when satellites don’t work?
The Royal Navy and Britain’s merchant fleet, สล็อตโรม่าฟรี along with most others around the world, rely on satellites for navigation – but what happens if they don’t work?
It’s a question that troubles the former First Sea Lord, Lord West of Spithead, who has spent months trying to find out if the UK has a back-up plan.
“My concern is that those people who are not friends with us are looking at ways to knock out satellite communications,” he says.
“I thought I’d ask the government, I thought they’d have processes, but it became very clear from their answers that they don’t understand what the problem is.
“There’s no proper system for achieving communication if satellites collapse.”
The Labour peer, who was the UK’s first cyber-security minister under Prime Minister Gordon Brown, is convinced the government needs to act to protect the British fleet.
“If you don’t have a fallback for a system, you can bet your bottom dollar that someone will exploit that,” he says.
“The best fallback is probably old VHF [radio] systems. GPS can very easily be messed up. We know the Russians are practising this.”
GPS – the Global Positioning System – was developed by the US military in the 1970s and has largely replaced pulsed radio transmissions as the main maritime navigation system.