Ukraine develops chip to guide FPV drones against Russian EW
Artem Shcherbakivskyi, UAV operator of the Angry Birds consolidated unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, told about the Ukrainian development for FPV drone targeting
He said this on the Espreso TV channel.
"A chip for guiding any FPV drone will lower the entry threshold for pilots to operate a 'kamikaze' copter. A target will be detected, a button will be pressed, and the drone will automatically hit the target," said Shcherbakivskyi.
According to him, testing of such a device is already underway, and there is a solution. The only question is additional funding.
"The fact is that the team does not plan to produce any solutions, but to bring them to the final model, and transfer them to other manufacturers. This would allow us to expand our production quickly and efficiently," he said.
Today, there is no mechanism for supplying this to the army, added the UAV operator of the consolidated Angry Birds unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
"Most likely, we won't be able to put this chip into service, get access to operation, because it is a component. Probably, other drone manufacturers will be able to buy it, install it in their drones, and then put the drones into service and get approval for operation," he explained.
Shcherbakivskyi also told about the Backfire UAVs, which have already made about 200 combat missions and are operating against the Russian army at the front.
"Backfire is an airplane-type UAV that can fly a little more than 50 km in one direction and carries a payload of 5.5 kg. We have combined good solutions and packed them into a very stable body, so it turned out to be effective," he said.
The aircraft operates continuously and engages enemy electronic warfare and short-range air defense systems. It is very difficult for the enemy to destroy or jam the Backfire, said Shcherbakivskyi.
"Of course, any weapon can be destroyed, but it is much more difficult to do so with our aircraft. For example, the enemy cannot jam it with electronic warfare. It is also quite problematic to shoot it down with a missile because it has no heat trace," he added.
On November 30, media reported that Ukrainian companies produce about 50,000 FPV drones a month, which is only 10-15% of the army's needs. At the same time, Russians produce six times more.
At the final conference on December 19, President Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine would produce 1 million drones next year.
On January 2, Ukrainian Armed Forces soldier Yevhen Ievliev spoke about the advantage of the Ukrainian forces over the Russian troops in the number and effectiveness of FPV drones.