Inside Ukraine’s ‘cheap and slow’ drone that dumps waste on Russian armor

UKRAINE has an unexpected trick up its sleeve in the fight against Russian forces and it comes in the form of a relatively cheap drone.

The Turkish-made small driverless vehicle has become a favorite, albeit rather basic compared to other technologies.

Bayraktar TB2 has become a favorite of Ukrainians


Bayraktar TB2 has become a favorite of Ukrainians

Videos have surfaced online showing the Bayraktar TB2 destroying Russian missile launchers on the ground.

It became so popular and successful that a song dedicated to drones was produced.

And a puppy that trains with the police in Kyiv have also been named after the drone.

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are said to cost around $5m/3.8m, much cheaper than Israel’s Heron at $10m/£7.6m and the drones from the US for about $20 million / £15.3 million.

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Not only that, they are also slower and smaller.

So how have they managed to become such a success?

Drone expert David Hambling said: “It is amazing to see all of these videos of Bayraktars taking out Russian surface-to-air missile batteries, exactly the type of system the system is equipped with. to shoot them down.” NBC News.

“In terms of performance, it is a World War I aircraft.

“It has a 110-horsepower engine. It’s not stealthy. It’s not supersonic. It’s a clay pigeon – a really easy target.”

He added: “It could be the incompetence of the Russians. It is possible that the Ukrainians have discovered some stealth tactics they can use.”

At the beginning of the month, Ukraine’s defense minister revealed that they had received another shipment of drones.

This technology is made by a company called Baykar Technology.

One of their top leaders is Selçuk Bayraktar, son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkey, which does not want to take sides in the conflict, said the drone was “a product purchased by Ukraine” and “not aid from Turkey”.

“The fact that it has become one of the main deterrent elements of the Ukrainian military really shows the success and quality of the products produced by our company,” said Yavuz Selim Kiran, Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey. United, told Daily Sabah.

“People are waiting in line to buy a UAV.”

Bayraktar TB2


Bayraktar TB2Credit: AFP

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