Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites are helping Ukraine’s elite drone unit destroy Russian tanks and trucks in the night!
Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite system is helping an elite Ukrainiαn drone unit destroy Russiαn weaponry. According to The Times of London.
The Aerorozvidka specialist air reconnaissance unit operates drones modified with thermal cameras to see Russiαn military vehicles like tanks and command trucks at night, The Times of London reported on Friday. The drones have been modified to drop anti-tank grenades on targets, per the newspaper.
“If we use a drone with thermal vision at night, the drone must connect through Starlink to the artillery guy and create target acquisition,” an Aerorozvidka leader told The Times of London.
The Starlink internet system ensures drone teams can work even if there are internet or power outages — which are rife in war-torn Ukrαine.
On February 26, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukrαine’s vice prime minister. Asked Musk on Twitter to send Starlink terminals to Ukraine. Musk complied, writing back to Fedorov on Twitter a day later. That Starlink service had been activated in Ukraine and more terminals were en route.
Ukrαine has also received internet antennas from European allies. Fedorov told The Washington Post in an interview on Friday.
“The quality of the link is excellent,” Fedorov told WaPo through a translator. “We are using thousands, in the area of thousands, of terminals with new shipments arriving every other day”. He added to the media outlet via a Starlink connection from an undisclosed location.
Even though security is a concern, Russiαn hackers have not yet been disrupting the technology, Fedorov told The Post.
“They currently appear to be very busy attacking the websites of our small towns and villages,” he told the newspaper. “I think they’re just not at that point yet.”