Turkish combat drones could soon gain significant popularity as a weapon. They are easy to transport, but are obviously highly effective and one of the reasons why the Russian army has stalled.
Drones can be used both to observe the enemy and to attack. Combat drones, equipped with bombs or rockets, have been used deliberately by Ukraine in raids on Russian tank convoys after drones had previously performed reconnaissance. These ambush attacks stalled the Russian advance, as evidenced by countless reports and photos of burned-out Russian tanks along the country roads.
An 8-minute, 49-second video from Ukraine summed up all the attacks on Russian soldiers and tanks. It gives an idea of the heavy losses this weapon inflicted on the Russian army. Countless soldiers were also killed.
Ukraine also benefits significantly from Elon Musk’s Starlink. The multi-billionaire’s satellites bring internet to Ukraine. Thanks to the initially civilian Starlink program, the Ukrainian military can now steer its drones against Russian tanks and positions.
At first it sounded like a PR coup: Immediately after the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov contacted Elon Musk via Twitter and asked him to activate his Starlink satellites for Ukraine. He replied promptly, also via Twitter: “Starlink is active, more receiving systems are on the way.” In the meantime, a number of receiving systems and powerful batteries have arrived in Ukraine, and Fedorov thanked them – again via Twitter.
According to British media reports, the Ukrainian armed forces have been using Starlink for their drone strikes with great success, especially in areas without internet connectivity. Starlink is of great military importance. In particular, the Aerorozvidka unit responsible for aerial reconnaissance uses Starlink to monitor and coordinate unmanned aerial vehicles, which then drop targeted anti-tank bombs, reports The Telegraph.
In addition, the flying objects pass on the targets they have identified to an artillery soldier. Up to 300 reconnaissance missions are carried out daily, mostly at night, because the drones, some of which are equipped with thermal imaging cameras, are said to be barely visible in the dark.