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In Ukraine, humanitarian drones can save lives

Al Jazeera

Since Russia's invasion began, Ukraine's allies have been sending UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) assistance. A crucial component of the war, the usage of drones is complex in legal and technical terms. But as UAVs have continued to change modern warfare, humanitarian drones carry out vital missions in Ukraine to save lives. When the war started on February 24, the non-profit Revived Soldiers Ukraine (RSU) contacted DraganFly, a North American-based drone company, to supply its cutting-edge technology. The base rate for a Draganfly drone is $35,000, but add-ons such as thermal cameras can push costs upward of $80,000.


Ukraine's latest weapon in the war: Jokes

Al Jazeera

On August 9, at least a dozen explosions rocked a Russian military base in Crimea. Russia's defence ministry avoided assigning blame – saying the "detonation of several aviation ammunition stores" caused the blast – while, for its part, Ukraine's military played it coy. It did not claim responsibility for the damaged combat planes, nor for a subsequent drone strike on the navy headquarters in the Russian-occupied area. Instead, Ukraine's defence ministry mockingly warned on Twitter about the dangers of smoking – sardonically suggesting that Russian soldiers caused the explosions themselves by tossing lit cigarettes. Unless they want an unpleasantly hot summer break, we advise our valued russian guests not to visit Ukrainian Crimea.


Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 188

Al Jazeera

Russia's defence ministry has said Russian forces shot down a Ukrainian drone that was trying to attack the Zaporizhzhia reactor complex, while other officials said a Ukrainian missile hit a fuel depot at the plant.


Drone attack targets Russia's Black Sea Fleet headquarters

Al Jazeera

A drone has been shot down over the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in annexed Crimea, a local official said, in the second attempted strike on the command in Sevastopol in less than a month. "The drone was shot down just above the fleet headquarters" in the city of Sevastopol, city Governor Mikhail Razvojaev wrote on Telegram on Saturday, blaming the attempt on Ukrainian forces. "It fell on the roof and caught fire," he said, adding that there was no significant damage or victim. The first reported attack came on July 31, when a presumed Ukrainian drone attacked the Black Sea Fleet on Russia's Navy Day, wounding five people. Russia also reported Ukrainian drone attacks late on Friday.


Drone strike hits Russia's Black Sea fleet in Ukraine's occupied Crimea

FOX News

Fox News correspondent Alex Hogan reports from Kyiv, Ukraine on Russian attacks on civilian areas in the Donbas region this week on'America Reports.' Russia's naval headquarters for its Black Sea fleet in Ukraine's occupied Crimea was hit by a drone Saturday, a Russian official said. The Moscow installed governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, took to Telegram to confirm the hit and said a drone crashed into the roof of the building. There were no reported casualities. Razvozhayev first said the drone "flew into the roof" of the building and noted that Russian forces had not been able to down the strike. FILE - Russian Navy ships are docked in the Sevastopol bay on March 4, 2014.


Russia military to develop weapons using artificial intelligence

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WASHINGTON – The Russian Ministry of Defense said it formed a department dedicated to developing weapons that use artificial intelligence. The announcement was made Aug. 17 by Alexander Osadchu, the head of Russia's military's innovative development department, at the Army 2022 summit, according to the state-owned news agency TASS. "In order to intensify work on the use of artificial intelligence technologies in the interests of creating models of weapons for military and special equipment, a department for the development of artificial intelligence technologies has been created," he said in a statement. The program could serve to counter the Pentagon's top AI authority, the newly formed Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office, which is tasked with expanding the use of AI throughout U.S. the military. The CDAO launched in February and reached full operational capability in June.


Russia Praises Chinese Drone Maker On Weibo; Deletes Post Following Protest

International Business Times

The Russian Embassy in Beijing has pulled down a controversial post on Weibo, praising China's top drone maker DJI for its products, which allegedly helped Kremlin in "modern warfare." The post went missing after DJI rebuffed the claim, stating its drones were not meant for military specifications. The embassy's post on Weibo cited a report from Russian state media Sputnik, based on a new book by Army General Yuri Baluyevsky, the former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, according to South China Morning Post. In his book, Baluyevsky said Chinese commercial drones have brought "a real revolution" to traditional artillery weapons. "When drones hover over a target area to guide the artillery, its pinpoint accuracy and efficiency are comparable to precision-guided missiles, according to the Russian embassy's Weibo post quoting Baluyevsky. "The Mavic quadcopter drone made by China's DJI has become a true symbol of modern warfare," he said. However, the post soon snowballed into a major controversy, as many netizens called out Russian Embassy for uploading something with "malicious intent." "What do you want by saying this?


Putin calls Russian arms 'significantly superior' to rivals

Al Jazeera

Russia is ready to sell advanced weapons to allies globally and cooperate in developing military technology, President Vladimir Putin said, adding its latest arms are far superior to those of rival nations. With the Russian leader's forces beaten back from Ukraine's two biggest cities and making slow headway at a heavy cost in the east, the five-month war in Ukraine has so far not proved to be a convincing showcase for Russia's weapons industry. However, the Kremlin leader, addressing an arms show outside Moscow, insisted Russian armaments were years ahead of the competition. Russia cherishes its strong ties with Latin America, Asia and Africa, "and is ready to offer partners and allies the most modern types of weapons – from small arms to armoured vehicles and artillery, combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles", said Putin. "Almost all of them have been used more than once in real combat operations," he added.


Iran hosts drone tournament with Russia, Belarus and Armenia

Al Jazeera

Tehran, Iran – A military drone tournament has been launched in central Iran with Russia, Belarus and Armenia in attendance. Iranian state television showed footage from a ceremony on Monday in the city of Kashan, where dozens of representatives from the four countries gathered to inaugurate the tournament that is judged by members from all delegations. The 2022 "Falcon Hunting" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) competition, part of the seventh iteration of wider annual military games launched by Russia in 2015, was hosted by the aerospace division of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a city where many of the elite force's drone tests are conducted. Ali Balali, top adviser to IRGC aerospace chief Amir Ali Hajizadeh and the tournament's spokesman, said the competition would be judged based on performance and consistency in aerial reconnaissance during both day and night, in addition to how the UAVs could help guide precise artillery fire. The more than 70 military personnel who participated will also undergo physical readiness and shooting tests during the competition, which is expected to end on August 28, Balali told the state-affiliated Tasnim news website.


Ukraine Army Destroys Russian Tank, Kills 15 Soldiers Using A Drone

International Business Times

The Ukrainian army continues to defend its land against the invading Russians and has recently destroyed a Russian tank and killed more than a dozen soldiers as the war enters its sixth month, a new recording revealed. The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) on Sunday released new audio of an intercepted phone call where a Russian soldier, whose identity was not revealed, recounted the attack to his mother. "Mom, we had such a'circus' today! At two o'clock in the morning – fifteen '200' [killed]. Because they all were watching a movie in the tank. They threw it [a projectile] into the turret from a drone! They just approached us, dropped the ammo, and it blew up," the soldier said.