November 16, 2023

Explosive Drones Are Everywhere In Ukraine. So the Infantry Head Underground, And Erect Screens.

Source: Forbes

Journalist: David Axe

A Ukrainian FPV drone chasing down two Russian air-defenders speeding along on a motorbike.

A Ukrainian drone watching a Russian infantry squad take shelter inside a wrecked armored vehicle—and continuing to watch as a second drone, an FPV model, follows the Russians through the vehicle’s hatch before exploding.

Explosive drones “are everywhere,” said Samuel Bendett, a senior non-resident associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

So of course drone-defenses are everywhere, too. “We are witnessing a lot of different defenses against drones and FPV UAVs—cope cages, slat armor, wooden logs and similar items,” Bendett added.

These defenses still are most common on vehicles. But perhaps not for long as the infantry seek cover, too. “Both sides are trying to adapt as quickly as possible to the ever-growing threat of FPV drones,” Bendett said.

Read the full story from Forbes.


  • 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 ...