How Ukraine is gathering an Army of drones - BBC

June 22, 2023
How Ukraine is gathering an Army of drones - BBC
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Dozens of Ukrainians have already sent their drones for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as part of the "Army of Drones" project.

This was confirmed by the Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, on Telegram.

"Just on Friday, together with the General Staff and UNITED24, we announced the Army of Drones and asked you to 'dronate,' that is, to donate your drone for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And already on Saturday, you sent us the first 'birds' through Nova Poshta branches. Thank you to everyone! Soon, all the drones will be sent to the front lines and will assist our defenders," Fedorov noted.

Valeriy Yakovenko, co-founder of the Ukrainian company DroneUA, told BBC News that DJI's actions have increased costs for Ukraine, while Russia could obtain drones through Belarus.

His company, mainly composed of farmers, supplied drones and robotics to the Ukrainian government even before the war.

According to him, drones, along with Elon Musk's Starlink satellite internet system and professional radio equipment, are now one of the most popular technologies.

Even small drones are very useful as they provide primarily field data, identifying the location of enemy forces and adjusting artillery fire.

"Many volunteer operators who have joined the Ukrainian forces also make their contribution," says Yakovenko.

"Pilots of small consumer drones provide aerial reconnaissance across the front line."

"Here, the speed of information exchange between the field and the general staff is crucial, so that decisions can be made almost instantly."


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