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The warning comes from Defense Select Committee Chairman Tobias Ellwood after a US Space Force official said Russian forces were targeting the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite. Satellites are used for navigation, mapping and other purposes. The Kremlin reportedly jammed the signal in Ukraine by using “bus-sized” ground stations to target the Navstar satellite system.

Mr Ellwood, a former British army captain, thinks it will soon become a regular occurrence in Europe.

He told Express.co.uk: “That’s absolutely where this war will go and that’s why many of us are asking for recognition of how European security is going to change.

“Behind Russia is China which will support GLONASS with Beidou.

“It will challenge GPS which is so fundamental from a military point of view – there are so many weapons and communication systems.

“It’s an obvious target. Our daily lives absolutely depend on it.”

Russia has its own independent system, called GLONASS, and China has one called Beidou.

Meanwhile, the European system, dubbed Galileo, is still not fully operational.

Mr Ellwood, who is also MP for Bournemouth East, warns the EU-UK split could be exploited by China and Russia.

He added: “You will have GPS competing with the Russian and Chinese systems – and they will all have to take protective measures.

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The bloc decided that this “crucial feature” would only be available to EU members, despite British firm Surrey Satellites designing its “brain and heart”.

Now, that delay can prove costly.

Mr Ellwood noted: “If the American system is crippled, or if it shuts it down, it will be utter chaos.

“We can’t afford to have our own system. There are other methods we can use, like the OneWeb system.

“But it can’t handle the magnitude of data that you’re talking about with GPS.

“There are other types of systems available, but the data is very different.”


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