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How FPV drones can relieve "burden" from Ukrainian artillery at front

19 December, 2023 Tuesday
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Military expert, editor-in-chief of Defence Express Oleh Katkov said that Ukrainian artillery is facing an acute shortage of shells despite the availability of funds

He told about this on the Espreso TV channel.

"The problem with shells is as follows: everyone has money, but no shells. Even though their cost is increasing significantly, it is already at 4,000 euro for one shell - this is the current price. And the issue is the capacity to produce them, despite the fact that the capacity is increasing in the US and Europe, but they certainly cannot keep up with the rate of ammunition consumption that exists in Ukraine, because for the Armed Forces, artillery is the main driving force in both defense and offense. That is, it is difficult without artillery because there are no other long-range mass destruction means as artillery carries this burden due to the lack of sufficient aviation," the expert explained.

Katkov emphasized that an important aspect is that steps are being taken to relieve the so-called burden on artillery and reduce the high demand for ammunition: "Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Havryliuk said that only FPV drones will help to some extent and that the production base will be expanded. Of course, we are not talking about all FPV drones replacing artillery - this is impossible, but they can relieve some burden of combat damage."

According to him, this requires an increase in drone production, both in Ukraine and abroad.

"This does not include a scenario where these FPV drones will be produced on a new modern technological basis at the industrial level, rather than as it is now, when all these components are hand-soldered onto the frame from ready-made Chinese components and connected with a soldering iron. The level of production means both cheaper and larger," he concluded.

  • Valerii Riabykh, a military expert and development director of the information and consulting company Defense Express, noted that the S-350 is the most advanced system and an achievement of the Russian defense industry.  

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