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​How Naval Drones At a Price of $250,000 Will Help Ukraine Attack russia’s Kalibr Cruise Missiles' Carriers, Protect Grain Corridor

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On October 29, 2022, Unmanned Surface Drone of the Defense Forces of Ukraine attacks the russia’s Admiral Makarov frigate / illustrative image from open sources
On October 29, 2022, Unmanned Surface Drone of the Defense Forces of Ukraine attacks the russia’s Admiral Makarov frigate / illustrative image from open sources

To create a new type of naval weapons, it will take "only" $25 million in contributions, which will be collected by Ukrainians

The Naval News portal published an interview with Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey, Vasyl Bodnar. There was talk of fundraising initiative for bгying 100 unmanned "kamikaze boats", which started on November 11, 2022 on the United24 platform.

The Ukrainian fundraising portal shared the specifications of the USV for the first time. The USVs measure 5.5m, weigh up to 1000kg and have a maximum range of 800km., Defense Express
The Ukrainian fundraising portal shared the specifications of the USV for the first time. The USVs measure 5.5m, weigh up to 1000kg and have a maximum range of 800km.

During this interview, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar voiced two main theses. The first thesis is that Ukraine is gathering the first Naval fleet of 100 "kamikaze boats" to protect the "grain corridor" that operates in the ports of "Great Odesa". But in the future, it can expand to other ports of Ukraine in the Black Sea. Also Ukraine needs "kamikaze boats" in such large numbers to attack the ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the russian federation, which act as carriers of Kalibr missiles and shell Ukraine’s peaceful cities.

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The first units of the fleet of kamikaze boats of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, Defense Express
The first units of the fleet of "kamikaze boats" of the Defense Forces of Ukraine / Image: United24

The second thesis is that the Black Sea Fleet of the russian federation is a legitimate military target for Ukraine. But Ukraine does not and will not use the "grain corridor" to attack russians, including future raids by "kamikaze boats" on enemy ships.

Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Bodnar also told Naval News that in the first 3 days of fundraising campaign, the United24 platform has already collected 3 million dollars for "kamikaze boats", and this is enough for 12 (out of 100 planned) unmanned boats. People of goodwill from all over the world can donate to such a project. In particular, 250 thousand dollars for one "kamikaze boat" have already been collected by the citizens of Lithuania, led by journalist Andryus Tapinos.

The current configuration of the grain corridor, Defense Express
The current configuration of the "grain corridor" / Image courtesy of Naval News

From Defense Express we add the following: In fact, a project with a declared cost of only 25 million dollars is unfolding before our eyes, how to create a new type of naval weapons before the eyes of the whole world.

You will find more in Interview by Naval News with Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey about the fundraising campaign for USV fleet.

You can also donate to the formation of the World’s first Naval fleet of drones HERE.

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