RAMONA, TAMARA AND VERA…Are these Cold War era ghosts still threatening us?

Aircraft detection system capable of identifying and tracking stealth aircraft. (Czechoslovak Army circa 1986)

The Berlin Wall fell in 1989. This event marked the end of communism in Europe and began a brand new era, in which most people believed the danger of nuclear war was over. The mighty Soviet Union collapsed and East Germany ceased to exist. Old secrets of the former Warsaw Pact were brought to light. Military analysts, historians, and professional soldiers began to tear apart possible war scenarios with new knowledge of weapons previously shrouded in secrecy and a few years later most agreed that our fear of the Soviet Bloc for all those years was unnecessary. We had better weapons, we had better-trained troops and most Soviet-era weaponry became considered “Russian junk”.  Today, almost thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this view is still accepted as a general norm. In fact, NATO, of which Canada is a member, didn’t hesitate to commit troops to Latvia in light of Russian invasion of Crimea. The objective, thus far, is to deter further Russian aggression in the region…

Europe is literally littered with abandoned Soviet military equipment which most “experts”  agree, has never been anything more than “Russian junk”.

In order to become an effective prepper, it would be wise for everyone to take a look “behind the curtain” to see if what we are being spoon-fed by the mainstream media actually adds up to reality. This means “gathering intel”. And no intelligence report would actually be complete without a small history lesson. So where are we going with this…? Is all “Soviet” era equipment actually junk…? Or does someone have a tremendous advantage over us…?


In the 1960’s the Czechoslovakian ministry of defense brought into the military service a new electronic warfare support measures system. This passive sensor was able to precisely track up to six airborne targets. At the time this replacement for traditional radar was state of the art but what is more important is what became of it. The code name for this system was Kopáč and the next generation of this system was known as “Ramona”. Ramona could track up to twenty airborne targets at the same time and therefore superseded Kopáč which was retired from the Czech military in the late seventies. Ramona was so impressive in its capabilities that it was used in places like East Germany, North Korea,  Syria, and Lebanon. Again, the most important fact about this system was that it gave birth to a more advanced system known as Tamara. Testing on this Electronic Support Measure System (ESM) began in a state-run company TESLA in the town of Pardubice in 1981. In 1984 a mobile version was assembled and in 1985 it went operational. The thing about Tamara is that it was the first and only system in the world to be able to detect military invisible aircraft. The stealth aircraft technology, the pride of the United States Air Force’s arsenal, has been compromised since the 1980’s.


In 1999 NATO was busy bombing the remnants of what used to be Yugoslavia. This country was slowly disappearing and the new Serbia was being born. On the 27th of March 1999, an invisible and invincible F-117 Stealth Bomber was somehow shot down. It‘s pilot safely ejected and parachuted to the ground. It is believed that the passive sensor system responsible for the tracking of the aircraft was the Czech build, Tamara. Few of these systems were sold to the Soviet Union and it is likely that at least one eventually found its way into Serbia. The United States refuses to officially acknowledge if, in fact, it was the Tamara system which was used in the destruction of it’s finest stealth aircraft and the world is made to believe that an outdated, slightly modified Soviet radar system built sometime in the 1960‘ s actually tracked the plane. If this is the case then clearly Americans have even a bigger problem since their multi-billion dollar stealth fleet can be destroyed with outdated ‘‘ Soviet Junk‘‘.

One of these F-117 Nighthawks was shot down over Serbia in 1999

Since this time Tamara has evolved even further. Improvements of the Tamara system gave birth to the new and improved Věra. This system can not only ‘‘ see ‘‘ stealth aircraft but it can track up to two hundred of them at the same time.  There are five different versions of this latest model. Known users are the Czech Republic, Estonia, Pakistan, Vietnam and in 2004 the United States decided to buy one. Officially this purchase was to ‘’ test the system’s effectiveness” which means figure-out-how-it-works-so-we-can-make-our-planes-more-invisible. The other reason for the purchase was to stop the Czechs selling this equipment to China. This transaction the United States couldn’t stomach, so they offered to buy one from the Czechs and pay out their multi-million dollar cancellation fee in order to stop it. In 2002 prior to the invasion of Iraq, the US government got a word that the Iraqis may be in possession of one of these passive sensors and very much limited their use of their stealth bombers to areas where such equipment would not have been deployed.

Tamara passive sensor (Czechoslovak Army Circa 1986)


Canada began sending troops to Latvia in 2017. This military buildup which includes 19 countries, is to serve as a deterrent to possible Russian aggression in the Baltic countries, similar to the takeover of Crimea in 2014. Since the deployment of our troops, many analysts have agreed that the NATO presence there would be nothing more than a speed bump for the advancing Russian Army.

Since the turn of the century, Russia has been revamping their forces. One of their technological military advancements is the new Satan II missile. It is a new Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile capable of not only carrying of up to fifteen nuclear warheads but also uses the latest of invisible aircraft technology and since their ownership of Tamara and Věra is more or less guaranteed, chances are they have really figured out this stealth technology as well. In fact, we now know that as of this writing, there is no system in North America capable of detecting this missile. It is highly advisable that those of us who understand how sensitive current world geopolitical situation can become overnight, be prepared for the unexpected and appreciate the fact that our enemies may have more advanced weapons than we expect.

If our current enemies have the capability to hide incoming missiles and at the same time see American stealth bombers then everyone needs to be aware. Hopefully, the Canadian leadership is competent enough to stop stirring up problems by deploying more troops to Europe while at the same time doing nothing to come up with a possible plan to protect the Canadian public in case of conflict. At the same time, we are in a middle of an economic war with the U.S. where tariffs are being imposed on everything from milk to steel. In 2005 Canada has also chosen to not participate in joint U.S./Canadian missile defense program and as everyone is aware, if there is anyone who has any hope of defending our cities, it will be the U.S… One day we will find out if these decisions by the Canadian Government were the right ones. Hopefully, no Canadian lives will be lost and no bugout bags deployed in the process.

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