How armed drones helped turn the tide in Ethiopia’s war

How armed drones helped turn the tide in Ethiopia’s war

Cheap and efficient drones are increasingly becoming decisive weapons in modern conflicts.
Ethiopia’s 13-month war has seen yet another dramatic turn as the federal government’s counteroffensive against fighters from the northern Tigray region has made substantial advances, reversing the spectacular gains made recently by the Tigrayan forces in their push southwards.

State media said this week the country’s “joint gallant security forces” had retaken the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha, the latest in a series of battleground victories since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said last month he would head to the front line and urged Ethiopians to join the fight.
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As fighting drags on, the government, with its tiny air force of 22 combat-capable aircraft, seems to have also realised that air power and timely intelligence can make all the difference in a conflict – especially one fought over vast and often mountainous areas like in Ethiopia’s north. Although there has been no official confirmation, analysts have pointed to credible reports saying Ahmed’s government has reached out in recent months to manufacturers of cheap and efficient armed drones hoping that air power will turn the tide in its way.

Photographic evidence has pointed to the presence of Chinese Wing Loong 2 Unarmed Aerial Vehicles or UAVs at Ethiopian military bases, while a Bellingcat investigation in August found strong indications that Iranian armed drones, along with their ground control stations, had been spotted at Semera Airport. The government has also reportedly reached out to Turkey and requested a number of Bayraktar TB2 drones. These are relatively cheap and combat-proven and have been decisively used over several battlefields in recent years.

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50 Comments

  1. lugaritz brown on May 23, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Best case scenario is Abiy wining the war,calling for peace talks and allowing for concessions by regional leaders,then finding away to work with the new arrangement and if impossible resigning.
    and if impossible

  2. Haileyesus L on May 23, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Tell mw where only drones support gives victory? its the blood and bones of brave ethiopian soldiers effort. its your ill narrow views.

  3. Efw@Ethiopia on May 23, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    over 100 millions are behind AbiyAhmedAli , we have chosen our leader

  4. mohamed abdi on May 23, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Nice

  5. Acer Rome on May 23, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Ethipia Stay Glorious as in their pass Civilization. Never will Change for You Ethiopia. Your Emperor Halle Sallese Will Guide your Country Glorious Ethiopia.

  6. Serdar Az on May 23, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Terror is end because of the drones. You cant hide

  7. David D'Wodo on May 23, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Good job, Ethiopia.

    TPLF is a hate group that oppress other tribe, including their own, for their own gains.

  8. Sulaiman Zakariyu on May 23, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Drone be like smart phone.
    Drone is progressive material can help military to conquer enemies fast. Buy drone you will have independence.

  9. Proudly Black on May 23, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    It’s not the drone but the brave heart of the Ethiopians.

  10. Saeed Jama on May 23, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you abiye for saving ethiopian people and the capital city off Africa Addis Ababa,

  11. Selam Habte on May 23, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Eritreans saved them

  12. Desta Birhanu on May 23, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    no war in Ethiopia

  13. Sessizgemi852011 on May 23, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Turks are with the right side. We are here brothers and will defend you.

  14. Anyanele Kelechi on May 23, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Nigeria should learn from the use of drones in the current Ethiopian conflict. The rebels are on the retreat. Boko Haram and other insurgents would have been defeated long ago if Nigeria has used armed UAVs. I commend the brave Ethiopian Prime Minister- Abiy for his leadership in the current conflict.

  15. le Franco Ethiopien ! fikre bezabih on May 23, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Nous somme une forces militaires fort dans tout les domaine nous somme une forces militaires fort dans tout les domaine

  16. Mekonen Kidanemariam on May 23, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    FANO terrost AbiyAhmed and Esayas Aferwki must go now 🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑

  17. Uhrologe on May 23, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Hopefully Ethiopia will come back to pease as soon as possible.

  18. desalegne nega on May 23, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Ethiopia has 120 aircrafts, where do you get your facts. Stop it you demented a-hole!!!!

  19. NetZero SS on May 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Habash are bad blood

  20. Trak Yalı on May 23, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Tigray, usa israel agent terror groups…..

  21. John Kuma on May 23, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    From Kenya. Long live Ethiopia. The mother country of Africa. Long live Abey as you try to unite and keep the country together.

  22. E Said on May 23, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    An African country’s leader that does not have the blessings of USA and EU is most likely a leader that fights
    for T R U E democracy and for the love and well being of its people
    EU & USA DO NOT AND WILL NOT HAVE THE BEST INTEREST FOR AFRICA, NEVER!!!!
    …as their history showed, they never had.

  23. gebre Bariaw on May 23, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    We have every right to buy weapons from any country. Long Live Ethiopia 🇪🇹

  24. Veysel Simsek on May 23, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    WİN İSLAM WİN ABE AHMET WİN KİNG NECAŞİ COUNTRY

  25. Chris Ward on May 23, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    22 fighter jets is a good number as long as they all run, I hope they know where to get parts. I Hope they knock off all the fighting over there because I want to go hang out in the Ethiopian High Country for a couple of months and being a very white American, that makes me wonder

  26. Michael Mayer on May 23, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    🇹🇷 – you are welcome 💪🏼

  27. Turkoboy on May 23, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Turkey ethiopia💪💪🇹🇷🇹🇷

  28. GuiltySpark347 on May 23, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Ethiopian Defense forces need more Drone technology.

  29. sahin atesdagli on May 23, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    SUPER TURKISE DRONE

  30. le Franco Ethiopien ! fikre bezabih on May 23, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    I love you Addis abeba Ethiopien

  31. zz boy on May 23, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    THIS DRONES ARE KILLING CIVILIAN PEOPLE IN TIGRAY

  32. TR on May 23, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    In Germany we know nothing about this war. Peace for you all.

  33. Biniyam Shimelis on May 23, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    # NO MORE

  34. Ercan Yılmaz on May 23, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Libya, syria, karabagh, our drones change the fate of war everywhere. 🇹🇷💪😎

  35. John Kuma on May 23, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    From Kenya. Long live Ethiopia. The mother country of Africa. Long live Abey as you try to unite and keep the country together.

  36. Vladan Lausevic on May 23, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Disgusting government behaviours

  37. turan on May 23, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    we sold first Akinci drone to Ukraine
    🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
    300 million Dollar

  38. Siphesihle Langa on May 23, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Now that the USA is done destroying muslim countries they now coming to Africa?

  39. Narust Sardar on May 23, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    ❤️🇪🇹❤️🇪🇹❤️🇹🇷❤️🇹🇷♥️

  40. Harun ALEMDAR Ethiopia ኢትዮጵያ on May 23, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Tb2 is The best on the world

  41. Can Şahin on May 23, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Gamechanger Bayraktar TB2

  42. Mustafa Can on May 23, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    TB2

  43. Mekonen Kidanemariam on May 23, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Terrost and bloodsuker AbiyAhmed must go now

  44. Inquilab Zindabad on May 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Missing the Drone Strike Videos

  45. titi afri on May 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    It’s false news, there’s no in that area, false news

  46. Vladan Lausevic on May 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Members of the Ethiopian government should go to jail for war crimes

  47. Last Word on May 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Wonder why the Ethiopian forces arent releasing drone strike footage like the Azerbaijan and other governments did when they were using them.

  48. Aytac Uğurlu on May 23, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Normalde bu teknolojileri dron teknolojisini batı ülkeleri kimseye satmıyor.Fakat Ebu Ahmet Erdoğanı ikna etmiş ve savaşı bitirmiştir.Baraj projesinde de Etiyopya halkına büyük destek verdik.Etiyopya başkanı gerçekten akıllı adam.

  49. BRIGHT SIDE ETHIOPIA on May 23, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Prime minister d/r Abiy Ahmed is the father of Africa✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿

  50. Billy Jesus on May 23, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Once the Turks got involved it was obvious who was going to win.

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