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Survivability of UAVs On the Battlefield In Ukraine

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Survivability of UAVs On the Battlefield In Ukraine

In order to be able to actively conduct reconnaissance, armies need a significant number of drones, which end up being "expendables" on the battlefield

Unmanned aerial vehicles have played an important role since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, but the main conclusion about this type of weapon is not the tasks they perform, but the number of UAVs required for such a war.

This is stated in a study by Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), which published a report regarding the first five months of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, The Economist reports.

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There they draw the following conclusion regarding UAVs: "A key lesson from Ukraine is that armies need more drones than they think."

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russia's Orlan-10 UAV / Illustrative photo from open sources

So, for example, the average life expectancy of a fixed-wing UAV on the battlefield is about six flights, a regular quadcopter "lives" only three flights.

Another conclusion is that drones play a vital role primarily for reconnaissance, not for strike missions. So, if units without drones take 30 minutes or more from detection to destruction of targets, the presence of a drone reduces the time to 3-5 minutes.

Defense Express reminds that according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as of December 1, the russian occupying forces lost 1,562 operational-tactical drones. Find more in the article below:

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Photo for illustration / Bureviy MLRS in eastern part of Ukraine, November 29, 2022, Getty Images / Бабель
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