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In Ukraine, Tomorrow’s Drone War Is Alive Today

“A crowd-funded arms race is taking over Ukraine from the air. At the Donetsk Airport, a handful of Ukrainian military men by Jan. 19 had been fighting off the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic, or DPR, for months. Much of the airport structure had been obliterated. The once-smooth runway was a lunar landscape of debris, craters and blast marks. A small eight-rotor drone rose up form the ruin and ascends out toward the battlefield, sending live video of DPR artillery positions to the Ukrainian military. A target enemy tank was selected. The men of the Aerorozvidka (air reconnaissance) project who piloted the drone from nearby Debalcevo watched as a missile hurled toward an enemy tank like a soccer ball to the net. ‘We need a goal! We need a goal!’ they chanted and erupted with cheers as the shell destroyed the tank in a fireball.”

Source: In Ukraine, Tomorrow’s Drone War Is Alive Today – Defense One

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