According to statements made by Ukraine’s Minister of Defense, Oleksii Reznikov, on Monday, Ukraine’s armed forces would spend over $550 million to build an army of drones in 2023. Additionally, 16 supply deals have already been inked with Ukrainian manufacturers.

During the eleven months that this conflict has been going on, both the Ukrainian and Russian armed forces have used a wide range of drones for reconnaissance and attack missions. This includes off-the-shelf, consumer camera drones, like the DJI Mavic 3.

Army of drones

“In 2023, we are increasing the procurement of UAVs for the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” Reznikov reportedly said. “We plan to allocate about 20 billion hryvnias ($547.05 million) to this segment.”

The Bayraktar TB2, which is made in Turkey and has missiles, and the Black Hornet, which is made in Norway and weighs less than 33 grams together, are two examples of drones that Ukraine’s partners have sent in large numbers.

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