“It looks like the MoD is partnering up with some of the largest efforts like Sudoplatov and Project Archangel,” Samuel Bendett, an advisor to the CNA, CNAS and CSIS and an expert on Russian drones, told me.
“We are seeing more MoD involvement - soldiers are getting trained, there are more FPV piloting schools opening up across the country, the military is definitely interested in keeping this going,” says Bendett. “It is unclear to what extent the high command is on board, but at least it seems not to be in the way.”
Bendett notes the appearance of Russian officials in recent news coverage of Sudoplatov, a significant sign that the group is now accepted. In the video and official states that after Sudoplatov showed their work "the MOD took over the effort" of production, but there is no explanation of what this means – it might simply be co-ordination or supervision, but it may also indicate material support.
Bendett believes that the MoD is also working with other volunteer drone producers such as the Archangel group, but again the exact relationship is not known.
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