Russia is increasing tracking based on electronic signals to find Ukrainian soldiers controlling UAVs – those who are causing significant damage to Moscow’s tank and armored forces.
Russia and Ukraine increasingly rely on cheap but powerful first-person perspective (FPV) UAVs on the battlefield to attack enemy targets on the front lines.
Since spring, the battlefield in Ukraine has been increasingly filled with FPV UAVs controlled by soldiers on the ground. These soldiers often retreat behind the front lines, controlling weapons remotely.
The cost of manufacturing these UAVs is inexpensive but they have strong destructive abilities. Ukraine and Russia have increased attacks using FPV UAVs on enemy equipment such as tanks and artillery systems worth millions of dollars.
In October, The Economist reported that a Ukrainian UAV operator attacked a Russian tank at a distance of 22km. This soldier said that Russia has an internal convention that a belt 10km deep from the front line is a place where Moscow’s tanks cannot operate to better protect weapons against threats.
Russia also strengthened air defense measures, using firepower and electronic warfare systems to intercept Ukrainian UAVs. In addition, Russia also stepped up efforts to hunt down enemy soldiers operating UAVs to cause irreparable damage to Ukraine.
Although soldiers operating UAVs often fight far from the front lines, if they are not careful to hide, they can leave electronic traces that Russia can detect.
From this data, Russia can accurately locate where this soldier is present and find ways to attack accurately.
“Many people want to become soldiers controlling UAVs because they think this mission is deeper than the front line and safer. In fact, this mission is very dangerous,” said a Ukrainian soldier.
Hummer, commander of Ukraine’s 47th mechanized brigade operating along the Zaporizhia front, told The Economist that Russia will fire with all types of firepower they have as soon as they identify the enemy’s target.
Russia also uses similar attack drones in Ukraine but also uses high-precision artillery, mines, and glide bombs to attack the enemy.
Meanwhile, Ukraine must rely mainly on volunteers and donations from the community to build and operate the UAV warehouse. On the other hand, Russia has superior UAV production and operating capabilities, allowing Moscow to increasingly attack Ukrainian targets on the front lines.
Russian UAVs have destroyed many Bradley infantry fighting vehicles or Leopard tanks in recent times. An infantryman fighting between Robotyne and Verbove told the news agency that Ukrainian losses had increased significantly in part because of Russia’s use of drones.
Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, told Newsweek earlier this year that UAVs are being considered “super weapons.” “This war is a war of UAVs,” he said.