US military assistance to Ukraine may include portable drone jammers

  • Western nations have sent billions worth of weapons to Ukraine.
  • Russia used those types of drones called lottery ammunition during its invasion.
  • There may also be portable devices designed to bring down those drones with the help of future Western security.

As the war in Ukraine enters its second month, the United States, NATO and the European Union continue to supply Kiev with weapons to counter Russian invaders.

Western nations have sent billions worth of weapons to Ukraine, including “comic drones”, anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, machine guns, pistols, grenades, helmets and body armor.

Despite reports that Russia is re-establishing its forces, fighting continues in some parts of Ukraine, including cities where Russian troops fire rockets, missiles and artillery.

As the war drags on, with even more brutal civil war, the US military is reportedly looking for ways to provide Ukraine with small unmanned aerial vehicles.

Drones and drone killers

Ukrainian police Russian drone

Ukrainian police inspect Russian drone shot down in northwestern Kyiv on March 22, 2022.

FADEL SENNA / AFP via Getty Images

Unmanned aerial vehicles have become an integral part of modern warfare. Originally developed by the US intelligence agencies and the Pentagon, they began as intelligence, surveillance and intelligence bases.

They made their debut in the Balkans during the NATO campaign and the hunt for Serbian war criminals. During the war on terror, drones such as the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper played a significant role in military and intelligence operations.

Armed with weapons such as the AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, they were increasingly used for close aircraft support and precision-strike missions, although drone strikes often led to parallel damage, including civilian casualties.

The drones can stay on the ground for more than a target and monitor the situation on the ground, providing commanders on the ground and at remote headquarters with tactical intelligence and awareness of ground conditions.

“Drones are dirty cheap but dangerous,” Green Beret, assigned to the National Guard, told Insider. “Well-targeted wandering ammunition can take C2 out [command and control] An enemy, sows chaos and confusion. A swarm of them can stop or stop an armored column. “

Russian drone shot down by Ukrainian soldier

On March 31, 2022, a Ukrainian soldier fires at a Russian drone from a ditch east of Kharkiv.

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In the skies over Ukraine, small roaming ammunition or “comicase drones” are the most dangerous unmanned aerial systems. Reports indicate that the Ukrainians are using them effectively, with small factions helping to wreak havoc on Russian forces.

But the Russians also use them. Wandering ammunition with a 7-pound warship Zala KUB-BLA was found in Ukraine. The Ukrainians have defused some of them, mainly with anti-drone weapons such as the Ukrainian Bukoval-AT, a truck-mounted electronic warhead, NOTA jamming squads and EDM45-UA jammer rifles.

As of April 1, Ukrainian forces had shot down 85 unmanned aerial vehicles, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

“Drones are proliferating [on] There is battlefield, and there is anti-drone technology, “said Green Beret.

There are two main ways in which these drones can be shot down.

There is a “standard” method of destroying them in the air by air or anti-aircraft fire. Drones are generally slow, making easy targets off the ground even with small arms.

Advanced drones, such as the US Army’s MQ-9 and RQ-4, fly at very high altitudes, often over 50,000 feet – within reach of small arms.

The second way to shoot down a drone is to interfere with its electronics primarily by radio-frequency energy.

Anti-drone weapons for Ukraine

Soldiers Dronebuster Anti-Unmanned Aerial System

US soldiers use a drone on April 24, 2020 during a training session at the Erbil air base in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

U.S. Army / Spc. Angel Ruskievich

The rapid adoption of drones made anti-drone systems “really important,” Green Beret told the Insider. “We have been using them for some time now, primarily in Syria and Iraq. ISIS had a decent drone capability.”

There are two types of anti-drone weapons under consideration in the United States, the Flex Force’s Dronebuster and the IXI’s Tronkiller. According to politics.

The Dronebuster is a compact and lightweight anti-drone weapon specialized for use against commercial drones. It uses radio-frequency energy to bypass the drone’s control frequency so that it can stop and circle or return to its operator. It can sink a drone’s GPS and cause it to float, land or crash.

The only hand-held anti-drone weapon approved for US military use is the drone buster. It can be used on a fixed site or a portable unit, giving some flexibility to its operators.

The Tronkiller is a gun-sized counter-drone weapon that uses radio-frequency energy to intercept the drone’s command-control signals or its guidance, thus landing or returning to its operator. It has a range of about 1,100 yards and can detect a drone with its radio-frequency signature.

Stavros Atlamsoklo is a defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic soldier (575th Marine Battalion and National Service with Army Headquarters), a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

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