Watch Drone “Carpet Bσmbing”: Ukrαiniαn Troops Drop Over 10 Grenades On Russiαn Forces
The Ukrαine wαr is a Drone wαr: Video footage shared online this week showed how Ukrαiniαn troops have taken improved munitions to a new level. A video clip shows how troops used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to drop at least ten grenades on a Russiαn position from above.
Videos like this have emerged before, showing Ukrαiniαn troops dropping single grenades and other munitions from consumer-grade drones – including those manufactured by DJI – on Russiαn positions.
Frequently, the strikes have little impact. Either the grenades miss their intended target, or the blast does little to hurt Russiαn vehicles or weαpσns – but in this most recent video, a much larger blast can be seen.
Ukrαine weαpσns Tracker shared the footage on Twitter on Friday, which was recorded from the drone and shows the grenades landing on a Russiαn position below.
In a post, the popular English-language wαr tracking account described the attack as “drone carpet bσmbing.”
“Ever heard of drone carpet bσmbing?” the post reads.
“We have all seen Ukrαiniαn commercial drones dropping grenades or improvised munitions- but this one can drop 10 or more, with dramatic effect.”
Ukrαiniαn troops don’t just rely on UAVs to drop grenades on Russiαn positions, however. The devices play an important role in helping Ukrαiniαn troops analyze the battlefield and monitor Russiαn movement.
Ukrαine has doubled down on its use of unmanned aerial vehicles on the battlefield, having raised more than $20 million from overseas donation drives.
The country’s “Army of Drones” initiative received most of its donations from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, and Australia, and will use the funds to purchase drones that can be used for both surveillance and munition strikes. The campaign also called for direct donations of consumer-grade drones which can be turned into improvised weαpσns.
Donations can be made via the United24 website, which gives users an option to donate money to Ukrαine or to donate a drone. The website promises to use the funds to “Buy drones for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd front lines, coordinating procurement with the military.”
“Our priority is buying 200 tactical unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicles. These ‘birds’ can fly up to 24 hours, up to 160 km, at an altitude of up to 5 km. They are equipped with several thermographic cameras with GPS modules and mapping software,” the site continues.
Justin Bronk of the Royal United Services Institute told the BBC that Ukrαine and Russiαn are becoming increasingly reliant on the devices to “very rapidly exploit” real-time imagery in the wαr.
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