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The Russia-Ukraine conflict is sparking an ‘AI drone war’ revolution

Recently, on an open-air test site near Lviv, Ukraine, an attack drone lost its target signal after being electronically jammed, but the drone did not crash directly, but accelerated to the target and destroyed the target . In the Russia-Ukraine conflict, drones rely on new artificial intelligence software to reduce the success rate of electronic jamming.

On May 11, 2023 local time, in Lviv, Ukraine, Ukrainian soldiers learn to fly drones at a special school. According to the “Washington Post” report on July 26, more and more Ukrainian drone companies are developing this artificial intelligence technology, which is one of several innovative leaps underway in Ukraine’s domestic drone market. In the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, engineers from Twist Robotics showed a video of a test of artificial intelligence software that could provide a major upgrade to Ukraine’s first-person view (FPV) drones, the report said. Ukraine produces thousands of cheap drones a month that can carry bombs but are vulnerable to Russian jamming. And new artificial intelligence software can keep drones locked on, free from electronic jamming and physical obstacles, says Rostislav Orenchin, co-founder of Twist Robotics. Once the target is locked, the drone is guided by the system. , the drone’s sensors will recognize the physical characteristics of the target and adjust its flight attitude. Even with the widespread deployment of electronic jamming systems on the Russian side, drones will rely on software to lock on to pre-selected targets. Even if its target moves, artificial intelligence software can still help the drone complete its mission. Known for its agriculture and heavy industry, Ukraine is not an ideal environment for drone innovation. However, under the environment of war, the front line has become a test site for drone technology, and even attracted the attention of business celebrities including former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. More than 200 Ukrainian companies involved in the production of drones are now working with front-line military units to research technologies to enhance the drone’s firepower and reconnaissance capabilities.

On May 10, 2023 local time, in Lviv, Ukraine, a man is demonstrating the “Viy” kamikaze drone. The UAV is almost entirely designed and manufactured in Ukraine. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Fedorov said in an interview in Kiev that the field of drones is an all-weather technological competition. It is understood that Fedorov is in charge of Ukraine’s “drone army” program, which aims to maximize the use of reconnaissance and attack drones to offset Russia’s huge advantages in air power and artillery. The program has helped Ukraine train more than 10,000 drone operators in the past year and is expected to train another 10,000 drone operators in the next six months.

Russia’s air force is estimated to be 10 times that of Ukraine’s, but after Ukraine shot down several Russian warplanes at the start of the conflict, the Russian Aerospace Forces halted most operations. Drones have improved Ukraine’s surveillance and strike capabilities, while improving the accuracy of conventional artillery. However, UAVs have much lower firepower projection than fighter jets, so Kiev still requires the introduction of F-16 fighters and other items such as ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile System) and cluster bombs.

Russia has responded recently, creating its own volunteer drone force and introducing new types of electronic jamming equipment. Russia has also used drones to strike Ukrainian targets and thwart a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

On June 20, 2023 local time, in Lviv, Ukraine, smoke rose in the sky after a drone attack at night. Visual China data map Former Google CEO Schmidt once advised the Pentagon on artificial intelligence technology. He said that in the future, drones will play a decisive role in land, sea and air battlefields, and will use “drone swarms” as their operational form. The acceleration of drone technology has security experts concerned as more organizations and individuals use drones for lethal purposes, including Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. ’ and the drug cartels in Mexico. The Ukrainian conflict has made it easier to weaponize drones, and while building a drone as close to the size of an airplane as the U.S. MQ-9 Predator drone is beyond the capabilities of these organizations and individuals, using AI-assisted software It is not. Paul Scharre, a drone expert at the Center for American Security, said that once the software is developed, it is fairly easy to disseminate and reuse it at little cost.

Source : Baidu