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Ukrainian Drone Makers Showcase Weaponized Robots (Photo)

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Military drones presented to the Ukrainian authorities and Brave1, August 28, 2023 / Photo credit: Mykhailo Fedorov on Telegram
Military drones presented to the Ukrainian authorities and Brave1, August 28, 2023 / Photo credit: Mykhailo Fedorov on Telegram

25 unique developments compete for a place in Ukraine's military

Ukrainian companies have demonstrated their prototypes of military robots at the event organized by Brave1, wrote Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov of Ukraine on his Telegram.

The presentation showcased 25 unmanned technologies, from cargo-delivering vehicles to self-propelling remotely controlled weapon stations.

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The payload seems to be changeable / Photo credit: Mykhailo Fedorov on Telegram
The payload seems to be changeable / Photo credit: Mykhailo Fedorov on Telegram

"Soon they will help [our] soldiers to destroy the enemy more effectively," Fedorov noted. He did not reveal whether any contracts were signed during the event.

Apparently, a remotely deployed electronic warfare system on top of a drone presented to Brave1, August 28, 2023
Apparently, a remotely deployed electronic warfare system on top of a drone presented to Brave1, August 28, 2023 / Photo credit: Mykhailo Fedorov on Telegram

For reference, Brave1 is a tech cluster created by the Government of Ukraine and the armed forces' General Staff in order to incite domestic defense industries to collaborate and help them "streamline the launch of defense tech projects" (Fedorov in a blog for Atlantic Council) by providing them with organizational, informational, and financial support.

According to Dev.ua, a total of 412 applications describing various projects have been submitted to Brave1 as of August 18th; 200 of them passed military expertise, and 15 got $225,000 from the tech cluster for developing their startup.

An unmanned ambulance vehicle
An unmanned ambulance vehicle / Photo credit: Mykhailo Fedorov on Telegram

Earlier Defense Express peered into some of the projects introduced at Brave1. Those include the TLK Toloka underwater suicide drone underwater suicide drone, and the Mini Shark reconnaissance UAV. However, the projects are not limited to unmanned vehicles only. There are also cybersecurity startups, smartphone applications, radio chips, and many other kinds of tech projects in progress.

Some of the robots are quite large
Some of the robots are quite large / Photo credit: Mykhailo Fedorov on Telegram
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