Ukraine launches critical naval drone fleet crowdfunding campaign
Ukraine has used both military and consumer UAVs with maximum effect in defending itself from invading Russian forces, and now it’s seeking to replicate that effectiveness at sea by creating a fleet of naval drones, or uncrewed surface vessels (USV).
Ukraine revealed its intention to assemble 100 of the naval drones over the weekend, as it launched a dedicated crowdfunding campaign on the United24 page created to attract international support for the nation’s defense. That appeal was accompanied with specs of the craft, as well as official confirmation that similar USVs had been deployed in the October 29 combined aerial and sea strike on Russia’s Black Sea fleet.
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Three Russian vessels were reportedly damaged by naval drones during Ukraine’s attack, including the flagship Admiral Makarov. Video footage on United24’s USV fundraising page shows footage – presumably from…