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The Armed Forces of Ukraine will use a UAV with artificial intelligence at the frontline

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has approved the Saker Scout drone to be used by the Ukrainian military. The Saker software is based on artificial intelligence algorithms and will help Ukrainian defenders in electronic warfare against Russian invaders.

Saker Scout drone. 2023.
Photo: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

“In particular, the system, with the help of advanced optics, independently recognizes and records the coordinates of enemy equipment (even camouflaged), and immediately transmits information to the command post for decision-making. This eliminates the risks of “human error”, as the operator’s eye is not always able to capture all the nuances,” reported the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The Ministry also added that the Saker UAV complex includes a flagship reconnaissance drone and several FPV kamikaze UAVs, which are adjusted by the flagship drone.

The flight range of the Saker Scout drone is up to 10 km. It can also be equipped with infrared optics for operation at night and can use an inertial guidance system, significantly increasing its resistance to enemy electronic warfare. Moreover, this drone model is easily integrated into all situational awareness systems available in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including the Delta system.

Image from the Saker Scout drone camera. 2023.
Photo: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

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The usage of UAVs for military purposes in Russia’s war against Ukraine has already reached the next level and will certainly change modern warfare. In particular, Ukrainian defenders have been actively using different types of drones, such as the DJI Mavic, during military operations. Such small and inexpensive UAVs can be used for reconnaissance or even strike missions, dropping grenades on enemy positions with pinpoint accuracy. In addition, their low speed makes it hard for radars to detect them. 

According to a retired colonel, De Bretton-Gordon, the Ukrainian artillery has been effectively using drones during hostilities because “virtually every Ukrainian artillery shell that’s fired has a drone on the other end marking its strike”.