Ukrainian officers believe that Russia has a huge advantage when it owns 7 times more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) than its opponent.
“In key areas on the front line, we have to accept the following ratio: for every Ukrainian UAV, there are 5-7 Russian ones,” said Yury Fedorenko, commander of the Achilles company of the 92nd assault brigade. Ukraine, December 12 said.
According to Fedorenko, Russia’s and Ukraine’s tactics are different because of the difference in the number of UAVs. Because they possess fewer UAVs, Ukrainian units must use them more cautiously.
“Ukraine only deploys UAVs when the target is identified, while Russia has an advantage in continuously using this vehicle,” Fedorenko said. “Russia’s first-person UAVs operate continuously to detect targets for attack.”
Unmanned vehicles such as UAVs and suicide boats have become one of the prominent weapons in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, as both warring sides have increased their use, launching new weapons and war models.
Ukraine recently launched a number of new unmanned vehicle models, such as the anti-jamming UAV Backfire, the Ratel S unmanned land vehicle and the Marichka unmanned submarine.
Ukrainian forces have repeatedly used UAVs and suicide boats to attack targets on and around the Crimean peninsula, as well as some locations deep in Russian territory.
Meanwhile, Russia increased the production of low-cost UAVs and used models such as Italmas/Geran-3, Geran-2, and Lancet to attack Ukrainian positions. Russia is manufacturing UAV models with higher destructive power based on the Geran-2 series.
Russian forces launched many raids with UAVs targeting targets deep within Ukrainian territory such as the capital Kiev, along with some of the country’s seaports and river ports.
Melinda Haring, an expert at the US Atlantic Council research institute, said that despite the technological progress achieved, Ukraine still lags behind Russia in using UAVs on the battlefield. According to Ms. Haring, the reason for this situation is that Ukraine lacks operators, a limited number of UAVs and poor quality equipment.
According to Bob Hamilton, an expert at the Asia-Europe Program of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in the US, in August he assessed that Ukraine “does not have the ability to use UAVs to attack enough targets deep within Russian territory to erode this country’s fighting will.”