American drones ineffective at the front lines in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

US drones are not suitable for the conflict in Donbas, according to the Advisor to the General Staff Chief
10:01, 22 December 2016

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American drones that were supposed to help Ukraine in the war with Russian-backed militants in Donbas have proven ineffective against jamming and hacking. This was reported by the Advisor to the General Staff Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Natan Chazin, reports Reuters.

The 72 Raven RQ-11B Analog mini-drones were so disappointing following their arrival this summer that Natan Chazin, an advisor to Ukraine's military with deep knowledge of the country's drone program, said if it were up to him, he would return them.

“From the beginning it was a wrong decision to use these drones,” he said.

The Air Force command of Ukraine acknowledged that the Ravens supplied by the United States had a fundamental drawback: Russia and the separatist forces it supports can intercept and jam their video feeds and data.

Related: It was Russia making war in East of Ukraine, not separatists, - Bellingcat

"The complex is analog, therefore command channels and data are not protected from interception and suppression by modern means of electronic warfare," it said.

They are vulnerable and allow the enemy to calculate Ukrainian military positions, they have a short period of battery life and cannot perform their main task - reconnaissance of the artillery positions of the enemy, he added

Asked about Ukraine's reaction to the Ravens, one official said it took a considerable amount of time for the drones to reach Ukraine and that by then "they were much less effective than they would have liked, than we would have liked."

Earlier it was reported that US drones will help to prevent violations of ceasefire state in Donbas region, according to Poroshenko. UAV party arrived in Ukraine.

Related: Steinmeier supports ceasefire announcement in Donbas from December 24

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