August 02, 2023

Behind Ukraine’s Deadly Drones: Putin’s Invasion and Biden’s Limits

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalist: Stephen Kalin

“The Ukrainian defense industry is learning and adapting very quickly,” said Samuel Bendett, an expert on unmanned aerial vehicles at the Center for Naval Analyses, a federally funded research organization in Arlington, Va.

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Bendett at CNA estimated that Kyiv has begun or will soon be producing at least six different types of long-range suicide drones and that recent strikes may be probing Russian air defenses in preparation for a mass-scale attack involving dozens of drones that would converge on the city from several directions and at different altitudes.

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“The fact that they do reach the city and reach the city center speaks to the success of that tactic, however it is implemented,” said Bendett, who attributed part of the attacks’ effectiveness to sophisticated intelligence gathering efforts by Kyiv.

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Authors

  • Samuel Bendett

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs Center (SP3), where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. His work involves research on the ...