Ukraine’s war, particularly the Bakhmut front, has become a case study for combat experts, as evidenced by the press and social media images. Drones are being used in every phase of this war with both sides employing large fleets, air defenses, and jamming systems.
This is the first full-fledged drone war. We already know of military UAVs that were widely and effectively used by both sides at the beginning of the war. However, in addition to these expensive systems there are much smaller drones that affect the course of the war.
Some of these systems are commercial and DIY drones, while others are small special purpose military drones like the Switchblade 300 and Warmate 1. Both sides in the war – but especially Ukraine – have increasingly been demanding and using the DJI Mavic 3, which costs about 1,500 U.S. Dolars.
Aerorozvidka’s most prized drone is the octocopter R-18, which they build from scratch.
The Switchblade 300 is a backpackable, rapidly deployable, loitering precision strike missile that can be used against beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) targets from either mobile or fixed defensive positions in the field. The Polish made Warmate is a small, plane-like unmanned system with a centrally mounted wing and a v-tail that weighs no more than 12 lb (5,4 kg).
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