Military weapons have become much more technologically sophisticated than in any other historical period in the era of AI. Russia’s military will be no exception, as its invasion of Ukraine intensifies. Russia is among the world’s largest defenses, with World Bank calculations putting it at $62 billion in 2020, trailing only the United States and China. All three countries have been developing a variety of AI units and weaponry. As the Russia-Ukraine conflict deepens, numerous western analysts have mocked the Russian armed forces for their inadequate combat tactics over a “much smaller” Ukraine.
Russia’s incursion of Ukraine, now in its third week, is evolving over time as new weapons and equipment are employed. While Russia’s deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles seems to have been fairly low, this is evolving. Russia is now sharing UAV videos from the front lines, similar to what it conducted in Syria.
In Kyiv, a ZALA KYB hovering missile was shot down. This is the first instance of lingering explosives being utilized in combat. These technologies have shown to be crucial in recent conflicts and are exceedingly difficult to challenge consistently. When fitted with a visual package, the ZALA KYB is a form of hovering weapon that would be especially effective for attacking stationary easy targets or objectives of occasion and reconnaissance ahead of enemy forces.
Due to the obvious nation’s lengthy war with Military rebels in eastern Ukraine, some in Ukraine’s drone sector have already used their knowledge in battle areas. Monnik’s company, DroneSec, has monitored many cases of both sides of the war equipping tiny drones with weapons in the last year. One thing Ukrainians have discovered is that tiny quad drones, like those offered in supermarkets, are rarely successful at delivering lethal warheads to a target.
Although this is not the first incident in which Russian armed forces have deployed the Orlan-10 in Ukraine, new photographs from Ukrainian reports suggest the remnants of what seems to be a Russian-made ‘kamikaze’ suicide UAV that landed over the Ukrainian capital. According to Ukrainian officials, this drone “carried a kilogram of explosives with metal ball bearings” and dropped over the top of a tall building in Kyiv’s Podil area, setting the roof on fire. Clouds of fog are also seen emerging from a building’s roof in the related photographs.