Oleg Vornik, chief executive officer of DroneShield, analyses how drone and counter-drone systems have been used during the war in Ukraine.
Note: all information in this story comes from the various open intelligence reports, as Ukrainian military and civilian population make extensive footage with their smartphones and publishing online. This makes it the first war of its kind, fought online as much as in the field.
Russian forces have used “grey zone warfare” (cyber, unmarked troops, Wagner Group etc.) both in Eastern Ukraine and around the globe extensively for a number of years now. Using drones is an extension of this strategy.
Drones can be used in four ways in warfare: precise payload delivery (such as dropping explosives or kamikaze attacks), surveillance (scouting out enemy positions to send a mortar or otherwise coordinate an attack), nuisance / loitering and cyber/hacking (using proximity to enemy networks to hack in via a drone and degrade/infiltrate the networks).