Contemporary Operating Environment

Anti-Tank Drones, Crowdfunding and the War in Ukraine

By Tom McDermott February 13, 2019

What do you do if you are faced with a major war, but you lack the industry or funding to develop and build high-tech capabilities like drones? Ukraine's solution has been to lean on society for innovation.  

In this short video from Radio Free Europe, you can see how the Ukrainian military has been working with student groups, using crowdfunded money, to build drones. These are not only used for surveillance, but can include munitions, including anti-tank weaponry. Ukraine see the war against separatists as one of national survival. As such they are increasingly mobilising their society.  

Are there any lessons we might draw from this?



Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a serving Australian Army Officer and a student of strategy and military ethics. You can follow him on Twitter via the handle @helmandproject.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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