- Ukrainian drones modified with thermal cameras are aimed at Russian military vehicles at night.
- The Starlink Internet system ensures that drone teams can work even during Internet or power outages.
- SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sent Starlink terminals to Ukraine at the request of an official.
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Aerorozvidka’s specialized air reconnaissance unit operates drones modified with thermal cameras to view Russian military vehicles such as tanks and commandos at night, The Times of London reported on Friday. The drones have been modified to throw anti-tank grenades at targets, according to the newspaper.
“If we use a drone with thermal vision at night, the drone must be connected through Starlink to the artillery fire and create target collection,” an Aerorozvidka leader told The Times of London.
The Starlink Internet system ensures that drone teams can work even in the event of internet or power outages – which are widespread in war-torn Ukraine.
February 26, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister asked Musk on Twitter to send Starlink terminals to Ukraine. Musk adhered to, writes back to Fedorov on Twitter a day later that the Starlink service had been activated in Ukraine and several terminals were on their way.
Ukraine has received at least four shipments of Starlink terminals since March 1, according to Fedorov’s tweets.
The Ukrainian official last tweeted about one new batch of Starlink terminals arrives in the country on Saturday.
A new batch of Starlink stations! While Russia is blocking access to the Internet, Ukraine is becoming more open to the whole world. Ukraine is the truth. The truth always wins. Thank you, @elonmuskGovernment of Poland and Orlen. pic.twitter.com/TP0kpn3rPS
– Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) March 18, 2022
Ukraine has also received Internet antennas from European allies, Fedorov said Washington Post in an interview Friday.
“The quality of the link is excellent,” Fedorov told WaPo through a translator. “We use thousands, in the area of thousands, of terminals with new shipments arriving every other day,” he added to the media via a Starlink connection from an unpublished site.
March 4th Musk warned Starlink users in Ukraine to turn on the system “only when necessary”, as they may be targeted in the ongoing war.
Although security is a concern, Russian hackers have not yet disrupted the technology, Fedorov told The Post.
“At the moment, they seem to be very busy attacking the websites of our small towns and villages,” he told the newspaper. “I think they just are not at that point yet.”
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