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UAV Warfare

UAV Warfare

Reconfiguring hobby drones for military intelligence gathering is the mission of the Aerorozvidka (air reconnaissance) project in Ukraine. Their opposition uses Russian made equipment for the same purpose and has managed at times to track and take out the Ukrainian ground control stations.

Коригування з коптера ПТУРа в районі термінала

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In Ukraine, Tomorrow’s Drone War Is Alive Today – [defenseone.com]

At the Donetsk Airport, a handful of Ukrainian military men by Jan. 19 had been fighting off the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic, or DPR, for months. Much of the airport structure had been obliterated. The once-smooth runway was a lunar landscape of debris, craters and blast marks. A small eight-rotor drone rose up form the ruin and ascends out toward the battlefield, sending live video of DPR artillery positions to the Ukrainian military. A target enemy tank was selected. The men of the Aerorozvidka (air reconnaissance) project who piloted the drone from nearby Debalcevo watched as a missile hurled toward an enemy tank like a soccer ball to the net. “We need a goal! We need a goal!” they chanted and erupted with cheers as the shell destroyed the tank in a fireball.

While drones have been an aspect of U.S. wars for a decade, the Ukrainian conflict represents the most significant use of drones in warfare on two opposite sides of a battlefield.

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