— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) July 5, 2023
The lancet flew into the howitzer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/SpTweir8de
— Spriter Team (@SpriterTeam) July 5, 2023
🇷🇺🇺🇦 Lancet sent another artillery piece of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the scrap pic.twitter.com/BOiPaVAQ1q
— Zlatti71 (@djuric_zlatko) July 5, 2023
Modern Warfare isn’t cool like in Call of Duty.
It’s actually gay and retarded, and just about sending drones at each other.
In a basement in downtown Kyiv late last month, away from prying eyes, hundreds of engineers and innovators met senior military officials to brainstorm ways to better neutralise the cheap Russian suicide drones that still devastate Ukrainian cities.
It was a rare, close-up glimpse into Ukraine’s technology arms race with Russia that draws on private sector innovation seeded with state venture capital, and which is pumping out thousands of combat drones in a booming wartime industry.
Reuters was the only media outfit invited to the event, where high-ranking army officials and ministers mingled with engineers and eccentric enthusiasts. One man arrived in shorts and a baseball cap with a large drone under his arm.
Organisers distributed $3 million in prize money among three teams of experts deemed to have presented the best drones or electronic warfare technology against Russia’s “Shahed”, drones of Iranian origin which cruise in swarms to their targets and detonate on impact.
In May, Russia attacked Ukraine with a record monthly total of more than 300 drones, official data shows, a challenge for planners anxious to protect energy supplies this winter. Last winter Russia tried to cripple the power grid with air strikes.
“We want to prepare for the… next winter to respond to these challenges,” Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said.
The Iranian drones fly so low that they can avoid detection by air defences, while their navigation systems are robust enough to make it hard to take them down with anti-drone electronic warfare weapons that disrupt radio frequencies.
The West has supplied sophisticated air defence systems to counter missile attacks, but taking down swarms of drones that cost $50,000 a piece with $1 million missiles is not ideal, officials say.
“That’s not profitable, so we need to constantly cut the cost of the tools we use to destroy Shaheds,” said Fedorov.
“This really is an unprecedented war of drones,” Fedorov said, adding that Ukraine’s military technology innovation had boomed since Russia’s invasion.
Ukrainian soldiers solution against Kamikaze drone attack of #Russian Army like Lancet-3. It’s not purely accurate but work effectively many time. #Ukraine #RussianArmy#India Army 3 years back started this to Counter small recon drone from #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/X2jLlkGifS
— Vivek Singh (@VivekSi85847001) July 5, 2023
Ukraine launched a crowdfunding project last year aimed at creating an “Army of Drones” that has grown into a state programme covering everything from the production of uncrewed aerial vehicles to the training of drone pilots.
“A few months after the full-scale invasion began, everyone realized that the most effective way to conduct reconnaissance and defeat the enemy was uncrewed aerial vehicles,” said brigadier general Yurii Shchyhol.
Shchyhol, who oversees procurement for the state programme, said it had purchased 15,000 drones so far, with more coming in via the Defence Ministry and others being supplied by foreign assistance and volunteers.
The total number of drones used by Ukraine on the battlefield is not known.
“Our goal this year is to buy more than 200,000 strike and large reconnaissance drones… We will buy as many drones as are available for purchase on the market,” Shchyhol said.
Ukraine people are so whiny.
Their war is so gay.
They haven’t even explained what they are fighting for. Their publications say that all people on earth came from the Ukraine and they are the supreme master race.
🇷🇺🇺🇦 Lancet drone once again showing its excellence. In this video from the Kharkov region, a self-propelled 155 mm FH70 howitzer of the Armed Forces of #Ukraine is being scrapped. pic.twitter.com/PpyjyeJpY0
— Луи }:‑🚩 (@thedreamofone) July 4, 2023
Russian Lancet destroys the all-round radar station of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/ECofpOP47N
— cvetko35 (@cvetko35) July 3, 2023