Aerorozvidka, a squadron of drones that keeps Russians awake

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While his aircraft suffered very heavy losses from the first hoursRussian invasion on its territory, Ukraine not only defends itself from enemy raids. Beyond Efficiency rocket ground-to-air, it’s thanks to his skill drone that Ukraine manages to resist the Russians and create a lot of damage. According to A week as well as TimeUkraine has an elite unit of drone pilots called Aerovision. According to these two publications, it consists of about fifty teams, perfectly coordinated, and its strong point is striking at night while the Russian soldiers are sleeping …

Initially, it was a group of Ukrainian civil defenders who used crowdfunding to launch Aerorozvidka in 2014. Eight years ago, this unit already created problems for the Russians at one time during the annexation of Crimea. Since then, this organization has become more professional, and its effectiveness even allowed it to be integrated into the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2015. Now she receives funding from both the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the general public, reports defense post.

When Elon Musk plays an important role

According to A week, this squadron is based, among others, on the Bayraktar TB2, these Turkish-made drones that are inexpensive and durable, capable of conducting air strikes against tanks, supply trucks, vehicles carrying electronic equipment, and other targets. According to Timethis elite unit of Ukrainian drones destroyed dozens of “priority targets” by attacking Russian troops during their sleep, and she completes 300 missions every day! During the day it is enough to notice movements troops to better surprise them at night.

Russian forces are static when the night falls– explains one of the pilots once. Fear of Ukrainian shelling makes them hide their tanks in the villages between houses, knowing that conventional artillery cannot risk killing civilians.. Except that these pilots claim they are so accurate that they can get close to targets without causing collateral damage.

Accuracy, which they also owe to the quality of their communication between the drone and their command post, and they can be grateful Elon Musk as well as star linkher constellation satellite internet providers. ” If we use a night drone with a thermal imager, it must connect via star link artilleryman and perform target designation ”, confirms once Yaroslav Gonchar, head of Aerosurvey.

Two step approach

Target acquisition is carried out in two stages: across two types of drones. First is the exploration phase with a consumer drone such as DJI Mavic 2 Company. Thanks to its thermal imaging camera, it is used to detect Russian military equipment. The group then sends big drone custom octocopter capable of dropping grenades anti-tank with precision.

It is impossible to see our drones at night– concluded the Aerorozvidka serviceman on condition of anonymity. We specifically look for the most important truck in the convoy, then hit it exactly, and we can do it very well with very low collateral damage – even in villages this is possible. At night we can get closer. »

The strategy to which Russia plans to respond after New York Times reports on Tuesday that the Russians have now decided to carry out their bombing raids at night to be less visible to surface-to-air missiles and also to respond to these drone attacks.

All about Bayraktar TB2 drones, masters of the sky in Ukraine and reputed formidable

He became the star of the sky for Ukrainians. Whether this is true or false, footage of the destruction of Russian equipment and weapons systems by inexpensive Bayraktar TB2 drones of the Ukrainian army is multiplying on the network. social media. This small armed drone is part of Kiev’s assets to inflict heavy casualties on the invader and slow it down.

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At firstRussian invasion, Ukraine fiercely resists. One of its assets is combat drones from the air, which are proving formidable to Russian armored vehicles, logistics vehicles and missile systems. Bayraktar TB2 is more than mythology about the “ghost of Kyiv”, a famous Ukrainian MiG-29 pilot who scored several aerial victories in one day. I’airplane The Turk was even honored for several days with a song to the glory, which was broadcast on YouTube. Six copies of this drone were delivered by Turkey in 2019 and were used to carry out war in Donbas against pro-Russian separatists. In September 2021, Ukraine decided to purchase 24 more drones, which angered Vladimir Putin. The Russian President then criticized the sale of these devices during a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Bayraktar TB2 was developed by Baykar Makina, it has plumage in V carry two rays. Its cabin, which is carbon fiber and composite materials are smoothed for optimization lift up. It feeds on heat engine located in the tail section of the aircraft. In terms of dimensions, with a wingspan of 12 m and a length of 6.5 m. weight maximum 650 kg, this is small compared to MQ-9 Reaper American is used, for example, by the French army. Much lighter, less powerful, able to stay inair more than 24 hours at an altitude of 6800 meters. It’s endurance with the ability to fly at very low speed makes it an ideal tool for reconnaissance and reconnaissance.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny published footage showing how a Russian convoy was shot down by Bayraktar-TB2 in Malin. © Twitter

New drone deliveries

Under the wings, the drone can also carry up to four guided missiles. laser Turkish production Roketsan MAM. Lightweight (15 kg) and compact missiles, demonstrating tremendous effectiveness against Russian armored vehicles, vehicles with ammunition and even manpower. Thus, 70 Chechen soldiers were sent with his blows to reinforcement have been killed recently. Another benefit is that multiple drones can be controlled simultaneously for continuous surveillance. IfRussian army managed to destroy some of these drones, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine said that a new delivery of these drones had recently taken place.

Considered a low cost drone despite a $5 million unit cost, the Bayraktar TB2 didn’t know its baptism. Fire in Ukraine. It was used in Libya and Syria to destroy systems rocket anti-aircraft. This was especially evident in the summer of 2020 during the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. It was then used to destroy Armenian vehicles. He completed the mission with great efficiency.

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