October 18, 2022

Here’s What We Know about Why Russia Is Reportedly Using ‘Kamikaze’ Drones, and Where They Are Using Them

Featuring Samuel Bendett

Source: ABC News

Journalist Maddy Morwood

The incessant buzzing of the propeller-driven Geran-2 drones — dubbed "mopeds" and "lawnmowers" by combatants — can induce terror for anyone under its flight path because no one on the ground knows exactly when or where the weapon will strike.

Unlike other drones that return to base, the Geran-2 are destroyed in an attack. Samuel Bendett, a Russian military weapons expert at the US Centre for Naval Analyses, said the drones were "simple." "They don't have very sophisticated electronics," he said. "They use civilian GPS technologies to navigate the target. That means a robust and capable electronic war system can jam and interfere with this signal."

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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 ...