Although Russian military strength exceeds Ukraine in terms of military personnel, air force and weapons, in other areas, according to CNN, the Eastern European country still has an edge over Russia in a war that has been going on since late February.
Ukraine is making strides in the use of weapons and military equipment provided by the US and other allies. Equipment includes Javelin anti-tank missiles and Switchblade “Kamikaze” drones, according to this Washington Post,
It has also used “terminator drones”, or commercial drones, to trick Russian soldiers into thinking they are being chased by “Skynet” – a fictional powerful artificial intelligence network that uses humans in Arnold Schözenegger’s film series. ends terminator,
“This clever, creative solution that our soldiers have found for not wasting ammunition, not wasting artillery shells [is]…Take a Commercial Drone, With a Camera, and Camouflage It to See Some of the Worst terminator film,” said Igor Novikov, a former aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky, during an interview on MSNBC.
“So, it looks incredibly scary. Then they fly that drone around where the Russian troops are,” Novikov said.
according to this a recent report By the IEEE, a journal edited by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Russia has been three weeks behind its invasion of Ukraine in drone warfare, which has an advantage in counter-drone technology.
The report suggested that the Russian military has not been as successful in terms of performance as it did after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
However, Ukraine was able to excel in the use of drones and counter-drone forces mainly because of trade sanctions and NATO’s counter-drone technology repeatedly prevented Russia from enhancing its own drones.
Counter-drone technology uses radar to detect and shoot down drones and surface-to-air missiles. According to the IEEE report, this technology had to evolve over the past decade as it became costly and ineffective as drone technology progressed.
However, counter-drone technology did not develop in Russia because of its military experienced technical restrictions and a stagnant domestic industrial base. But this was not the case with Ukraine as it was able to benefit from the combined industrial base of its allies in this war, who have also invested heavily in counter-drone technology.
Ukraine had no drones during the Crimean War of 2014, but it later managed to assemble an advanced set of drones. The fleet consists of the A1-SM Fury and Leleka-100 reconnaissance drones that were designed and manufactured in Ukraine.
Among its impressive drones is the Bayraktar TB2 drone which was designed and manufactured in Turkey. A combat aerial flyer with an armament of four laser-guided warheads, TB2 drones are for targeting and destroying tanks and they are equipped with 26 Russian vehicles, 10 surface-to-air missile systems, and three command posts, to the IEEE. were able to destroy. The report is cited by citing data from Oryxspioenkop.com.
Russia also has a diverse fleet of drones, from small flying bombs used in surveillance and reconnaissance, but due to sanctions imposed after the 2014 Crimea annexation, its military has been unable to acquire critical technology such as optics and lightweight composites. Was. So that he can proceed in the drone war.
Meanwhile, Ukraine is also using 100 Switchblade drones that it received from the US as part of a military aid package. Switchblades are similar in shape and function to the Russian Zala kib, a reciprocating weapon designed to counter distant ground targets.
According to the Daily Kos, Ukrainians using switchblades, unlike soldiers using rifles, can take down Russian artillery fire from a certain distance. For example, 100 Switchblades, consisting of a launcher, controller and 10 one-time-use drones, could potentially defeat 1,000 units of Russian artillery.
newsweek The Russian Ministry of Defense reached out to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and military experts for comment.