TNW: Here’s how you can help build Ukraine’s drone army

 

Seeking “dronations” for reconnaissance to secure the skies.

  • Earlier this month, Ukraine launched a campaign to assemble the world’s first “Army of Drones.” It called on the international community to donate funds towards new drones or to “dronate” their own recreational and commercial drones.
  • The initiative is facilitated by President Zelensky’s global fundraising initiative, UNITED24, together with the General Staff of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Digital Transformation.
  • The first day of the campaign raised more than $2.86 million, which grew to $6.8 million in less than two weeks.
  • According to Colonel Oleksii Noskov, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the drones donated and funded through the campaign will allow the military to constantly monitor the 2,470km-long frontline.
  • Tactical drones are particularly in demand as they are difficult to detect and, thus, challenging for the enemy to take down.
  • All drones are tested in the combat environment before being deployed to prevent the risk of electronic countermeasures (such as hacking, remotely disabling drones, or shooting at drones) in occupied territories by the Russian federation.
  • People in Estonia can also contribute to the Adopt a Drone program. The funded drones include “Welcome to Ukraine, Suka” and “Drony McDrone Face.”
  • The Ukrainian Yellow Blue Foundation is also fundraising for drones to assist in the removal of landmines. Flown in remote surveillance, they can identify explosive landmines to aid in their removal.

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