The specialized aerial reconnaissance unit Aerorozvidka operates drones modified with thermal cameras to view Russian military vehicles such as tanks and commando trucks at night, The Times of London announced on Friday. The drones have been modified to drop anti-tank grenades on targets, according to the newspaper.
“If we use a drone with thermal vision at night, it should connect via Starlink with the artillery type and create target acquisition,” an Aerorozvidka leader told the aforementioned outlet.
Starlink’s internet system ensures drone teams can work even if there are power or internet outages, which are rife in war-torn Ukraine.
On February 26, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, asked Musk on Twitter to send Starlink terminals to Ukraine. The billionaire complied, and a day later he wrote to Fedorov on Twitter that the Starlink service had been activated in Ukraine and that more terminals were on the way.
For its part, the European country has received at least four shipments of Starlink terminals since March 1, according to Fedorov’s tweets.
The Ukrainian politician tweeted again about a new batch of Starlink terminals arriving in the country on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ukraine has also received Internet antennas from European allies, Fedorov told The Washington Post in an interview last Friday.
“The quality of the link is excellent,” Fedorov told the US newspaper through a translator. “We are using thousands, in the area of thousands of terminals with new shipments arriving every two days,” he added via a Starlink connection from an undisclosed location.
On March 4, Musk warned Starlink users in Ukraine to turn on the system “only when necessary” because that is the goal of the ongoing war.
Although security is a concern, Russian hackers have not yet disrupted the technology, the Ukrainian official told The Post.
“Currently they seem to be very busy attacking the websites of our small towns and villages,” he said. “I think they haven’t gotten to that point yet.”
Based on information from Insider
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