Drone performance in Ukraine may force military strategy rethink
Despite the long and often controversial use of military UAVs in wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, the prevalence and performance in Ukraine of drones – this time, the consumer variety – have been both a surprise and often determining factor in local forces repelling invading Russian forces. Indeed, some experts now believe the results of store-bought drones as well as military-grade craft are forcing reconsideration of decades old military strategies about waging war.
There has been no shortage of coverage of drone manufacturers like Aquiline and Teal contributing their specialized craft for use by Ukrainian emergency, rescue, and defense units. Consumer UAV vendors have also donated possibly thousands of brand name drones to Ukraine government agencies, while individuals around the globe have raised money to purchase and deliver countless more in the effort to thwart the Russian onslaught.
Those craft flowing in from abroad have been matched or more…