March 07, 2023

Video Shows Ukraine Drone Drop Grenades on Unsuspecting Russians

Source: Newsweek

Journalist: Nick Mordowanec

Samuel Bendett, Russia analyst for the Center for Naval Analyses, told Newsweek that both armies have used drones and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) "to the full extent of their ability."

"It is true that Ukraine was more effective in initially utilizing both military and commercial type drones against Russian forces, often leading and changing tactics that forced Russian military to adapt," he said.

He cited FPV, or First-Person View, drones on Ukraine's behalf as a successful military implementation that has proved fruitful against Russian armor and vehicles—prompting Russian forces to take notice and adopt similar tactics.

The same can be said about Ukrainian forces using commercial-type drones in groups and other tactics, Bendett added.

"At the same time, Russian forces began countering Ukrainian electronic warfare by launching very small DJI drones like Mavic2 in order to see how they behave in order to determine EW (electronic warfare) presence before launching larger and heavier DJI combat drones," Bendett said, which has been advantageous considering the Iranian-supplied Shahed UAVs going after Ukrainian infrastructure.

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  • 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 ...