ENIGMA 2000 Newsletter - Issue 27

March 2005
Articles, newsreports and Items of interest :enigma2000-owner@yahoogroups.com

Morse stations | Voice stations | Oddities | Polytones
Chirpsounders | Overall view | German branch | Numbers predictions
Jamming | Recycled AGI
Poor conditions | The Smokey Dragon (4/4)
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Recycled AGI

Before we move onto the conclusion of the informative article on Meibon Glydwr we include this interesting ‘maritime’ update from HJH:

[Auxilliary Gatherer of Intelligence – Spyship, Trawle,r or what you will ].

From the pen of HJH

Built Neptunwerft, Rostock and launched 27th February, 1982 the 'Jasmund' was commissioned on 12th June 1992.

Having a range of 1000miles at 12 knots it has a compliment of 60 and is powered by one Kolomna Type 40-DM diesel.

See: http://www.losbarcosdeeugenio.com/barcos/en/ae_A111.html

Better Image available from : http://www.losbarcosdeeugenio.com/fotos/ae_A111.jpg

Germany, now reunified, has acquired a great deal of military hardware as a result of this re-unification.

A large proportion of this has been passed on to other nations, either by way of sale, or other transactions.

One nation, Spain, seems to have done particularly well out of this, by the acquisition of a former vessel of the Volksmarine (Peoples Navy) of the now defunct GDR (East Germany).

The vessel concerned is the 1,900 ton "Jasmund", a purpose built intelligence gatherer, known as an AGI. This distinctive looking vessel was, during her East German naval service, easily distinguishable by virtue of her prolific antenna array mounted amidships, and the large radome mounted near her stern.

Now re-named "Alerta", she has been fitted out with a new SIGINT suite, and has been adapted for radar test and development work. She is reported to be based in the Spanish port of Cartagena, from where, one source has stated, she will patrol the Straits of Gibraltar and the coast of North Africa.

One wonders what the purpose of this purchase and the SIGINT outfitting and tasking can be.

One also wonders about the location and reputed area of operations also being of interest, given that Spain would, under her new socialist government who seem so keen to offend no-one, to have no enemies.

Can the long running claim on Gibraltar have any influence on this acquisition and tasking, and is it connected with the ongoing "Santiago" project, which, the same source says, involves a Boeing 707 jet transport aircraft of the Spanish Airforce being fitted with a SIGINT/ELINT suite.

This work is being done by, one source states, Eta Electronics and Beda Aviation, both Israeli companies, and CESELSA, a Spanish company. Another, a Spanish source, states that the bulk of the equipment and instruments on board the "Alerta" are of Soviet origin.

She is variously described as an "EW support ship", and an ELINT platform. She is stated to have a crew of 60, which would seem to be plenty of ECM personnel.

The same Spanish source credits her with being equipped with a Saturn 35 satellite communications antenna.

Coincidence surely, or is a hint of territorial ambition in the air?

This would seem worthy of monitoring, and for those of our readership who monitor the HF and VHF marine bands, her Spanish naval radio callsign is currently EBQD.

Remember guys; you got it from E2k first! © HJH 25/01/05

[Tnx H – another belter]!


Morse stations | Voice stations | Oddities | Polytones
Chirpsounders | Overall view | German branch | Numbers predictions
Jamming | Recycled AGI
Poor conditions | The Smokey Dragon (4/4)
News Items | Web sites | Stop press | Contribution deadlines
Index | E2K NL Home