ukraine has acquired some 1,400 drones, most of which are reconnaissance, and There are plans to develop a fighter model that can attack explosive drones Russia has used According to the Ukrainian government minister in charge of technology, during the invasion of the country.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov described in russian war ukraine like The First Great War in the Internet Age. He credited drone and satellite internet systems like Elon Musk’s Starlink for transforming the conflict.
Ukraine has acquired drones like fly eyeA small device used for intelligence work, battlefield surveillance, and reconnaissance.
“And the next step, now that we are more or less armed with reconnaissance drones, is attack drones,” Fedorov said. “These are both explosive drones and drones that fly between three and ten kilometers and hit the target.”
He predicted “more attack drone missions” in the future, but declined to elaborate. “We are talking about drones, unmanned aerial vehicles that we are developing in Ukraine. In any case, this will be the next step in the development of technologies”, he said.
Las Russian officials have condemned several attacks carried out by Ukrainian drones. against his military bases in recent weeks, including one on Monday in which he said Russian forces shot down a drone near the Engels airbase, more than 600 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.
The Russian military said three members were killed in the wreckage but no aircraft were damaged. The base is home to Tu-95 and Tu-160 nuclear-capable strategic bombers that have been involved in launching attacks against Ukraine.
Ukrainian officials have not formally acknowledged carrying out such drone strikes, but have given a cryptic indication of how Russia might expect retaliation for its war in Ukraine, even Even inside Russian territory.
Fedorov said Ukraine is carrying out research and development activities on drones that can counter and shoot down other drones. Russia has used the Iranian-made Shaheed drone for its airstrikes on Ukrainian soil in recent weeks, in addition to rocket, cruise missile and artillery strikes.
“I can already say that in February or March the situation regarding drones will change drastically,” he remarked.
Federov sits down for an interview in his bright, modern office. Located inside a quiet ministry building, the room contained a vinyl record player, history books stacked on shelves, and a treadmill.
Highlighting the importance of mobile communication for civil and military purposes during war, the minister said that the most difficult places to maintain service are in the field Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Odessa and Kyivin the center and east of the country.
He said that there are times when less than half of the cell phone towers in the capital city of Kyiv are working, because destroyed or damaged by Russian airstrikes The infrastructure that provides them with energy.
Ukraine has about 30,000 cell phone towers, and the government is trying to hook them up to generators so they can keep going when airstrikes damage the power grid.
The only options, for now, are satellite systems such as starlinkUkrainians can be more trusting if blackouts start to last longer.
“We must understand that, in this case, lStarlinks and towers connected to generators will be the infrastructure of the InternetFedorov said.
Many cities and towns are facing power cuts up to 10 hours. Fedorov said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree requiring mobile phone companies to provide signals without power for at least three days.