The Statesman: “The Russians didn’t expect it”: Ukraine drones unit is the new face of warfare

Civilians armed with commercially available drones are a formidable part of the opposition to the Russian invasion.

The role, importance and impact that a small but highly skilled civilian organisation like Aerorozvidka NGO can have against a country with a total military and paramilitary force of more than 3.5 million people is yet another indication that warfare has morphed forever.

Aerorozvidka is a non-military organisation of friends who are “technically aware citizens”.It operates in three divisions: reconnaissance, fighting and cybersecurity.

  • The reconnaissance and cybersecurity units have been building a situation-awareness system since 2014. Known as Delta, it aggregates information from drones, satellites and human sources to create a multilayer map of enemy military activity.
  • The fighting unit is centred around weaponised drones.
  • Protect Delta which is under constant cyberattacks

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