The Ukrainian government, in the wake of its invasion by Russia, is seeking to increase its drones’ capacities to go beyond reconnaissance and to be able to attack its assailants drones and has bought some 1,400 drones.
During an interview with The Associated Press, Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov described the conflict in Ukraine as the first internet war of the new age. He said drones and satellite internet systems, such as Elon Musk’s Starlink, had transformed the conflict.
A small unmanned aerial vehicle used for intelligence, battlefield surveillance, and reconnaissance, the Fly Eye, has been purchased by Ukraine.
“Next, once we have reconnaissance drones more or less in hand, we’ll need strike drones,” Fedorov said. “These can explode or fly three to 10 kilometers and strike targets.”
We are talking there about drones, UAVs, UAVs that we are developing in Ukraine. Well, anyway, it will be the next step in the development of technologies, he said.
Russian authorities have alleged that Ukraine attacked its bases over the last few weeks, including a Monday drone attack on a military base located more than 600 km from the Ukrainian border.
According to the Russian military, three service members were killed when debris came crashing into the base, but their planes are undamaged. This military base houses the Tu-95 and Tu-160, Russia’s nuclear bombers that have been used for a series of bombing raids against Ukraine.