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Ukraine's First Contact Company is Developing A.I.-Powered Aerial Attack Drones

Osa FPV drone equipped for a one-way sortie / Still frame credit: First Contact
Osa FPV drone equipped for a one-way sortie / Still frame credit: First Contact
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Autonomous terminal guidance is an important vector of development that can significantly increase the effectiveness of drones as weapons on the battlefield

Evolution in the domain of drone production, especially of FPV drones, is not all about speeding up the assembly and increasing the volume of supplies. The aerial vehicles, as well as the warheads they carry, need refinement, too. One of the ways to improve the performance of this class of weapon i real combat is to introduce modern A.I.-powered software.

The Ukrainian defense industry ensures that this direction of development receives the attention it warrants, as Defense Express learned from an interview with Valerii Borovyk, Chairman of Board at Alliance "New Energy of Ukraine," acting commander of a special unit of attack drone operators.

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The First Contact Osa FPV drone on a quadripod takeoff platform, unequipped (lacks a battery and munition)
The Osa FPV drone on a quadripod takeoff platform, unequipped (lacks a battery and munition) / Photo credit: First Contact

"We are working on it very seriously. The last mile delivery to the target, target tracking, target choosing by artificial intelligence: all of it is the challenge our company has taken up on, and not [our company] alone," the Alliance's chairman said.

Particularly, one of the Alliance's companies called First Contact is carrying out final tests of a product that is showing promising results on the proving grounds and might soon appear on the frontlines, Borovyk shared with us.

"The guys finalized together with one of the combat units what they needed — [a drone] with artificial intelligence, and not just with artificial intelligence only but also with a special communication system," he noted.

Vidsich attack UAV
Vidsich tactical attack UAV / Photo credit: First Contact

Earlier Defense Express reported Ukraine's plans to produce a million FPV drones in 2024, a goal claimed to be achievable by a Ukrainian top security official. In addition, the Ministry of Strategic Industries of Ukraine stated that currently, there were over 50 state-owned and private companies developing and producing peculiar munitions for aerial drones, ranging from 300 grams to 10 kg in weight.

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