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January 24, 2023
Bargain Basement Bombers: Ukraine’s Homemade Drones Hit Russian Forces
Journalist David Hambling
Samuel Bendett, an expert Russian drones and adviser to both the CNA and CNAS, told me that in addition to flying commercial quadcopters, both sides are building drones.
“Russia has a lot of volunteer efforts building small quadcopters and other small UAVs,” says Bendett. “For example, there was a recent state media article praising soldiers for putting together their own ISR [Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance] quadcopter. Compared to the overall Ukrainian effort, Russian efforts are probably still smaller in scale and some of these efforts started later than their Ukrainian counterparts.”
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