How military drones became a decisive factor in the Russia-Ukraine war | DW News

How military drones became a decisive factor in the Russia-Ukraine war | DW News

Drones have been an important weapon on both sides of the Ukraine war. The unmanned aircraft do many jobs, from providing video images from the sky, to launching missiles to destroy military or civilian targets. Reports say the US is now sending ultra-light switchblade ‘suicide drone’ devices to help Ukraine. But will it make a difference in the war against Russia?


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  1. Mardavij Poursaleh on June 21, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    This war is going out of proportion!!

  2. Don Carmichael on June 21, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    In the U.K. we have a drone which cost. Less than one hundred. Pounds plus high definition cameras it would be ideal for Ukraine .

  3. L S on June 21, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea. They will be fought in space, or possibly on top of a very tall mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by small robots. And as you go forth today remember always your duty is clear: To build and maintain those robots

  4. Іван Смірнов on June 21, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Artilerry is a decisive factor.

  5. Berechi Anyanwu on June 21, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    In future war drones and robotic soldiers are going to be the measure of strength of nations. The more you have them, the more powerful you are

  6. Scott Krater on June 21, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    The Russian army is plainly second rate. Conscription makes for poor soldiers and poor training leads to failure in the field.

  7. Richard Glady on June 21, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Good story. Thank you.

  8. Goat on June 21, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    This is living up to Ronald Reagan’s Star wars technology.

  9. Boon Tee Tan on June 21, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    ‘US is now sending ultra-light switchblade ‘suicide drone’ devices to help Ukraine.’
    This can only usher in a new chapter in the war, the drone war, intensifying the use of lethal drones to the extremes.
    How could the war end soon..?

  10. Alejandro Briceño on June 21, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    I bet these drones make their own decisions, that’s forbidden but it must be happening, these algorithms don’t sleep and don’t eat, they don’t get bored or afraid…

  11. Deep Doubts bout U on June 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    I get the feeling Poo Tin is soon to be Dragged behind a tank in the streets of Moscow and his worthless Corpse Dumped and Burned in an Unmarked Grave …. early 2022 ???

  12. Juan Angeles on June 21, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    the future is far more dangerous without soldiers to die just civilians

  13. HereIgoAgain on June 21, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Will no one rid the world of Putin?

  14. Rodiculous on June 21, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Listen to Ukrainians intercepting russian calls to families and relatives, then "mystery" will be solved. Most know they might be speaking to a relative for the last time in their life

  15. J. M. on June 21, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    So secret they can’t speak of it? But not secret enough to send it to chaotic warzone If Russia don’t have it, there about to get it. Alot of Russians in Ukraine, I’m sure these or this system/s will be recovered stolen sold or copied reversed somehow. Who knows maybe the whole war was a ruse just to get it or get closer to it.

  16. Gabor Kovacs on June 21, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    sick sick people on the screen – no exception – open up your pineal gland and look around

  17. H Q on June 21, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Turkish drones helped Ukrainian army

  18. midgetydeath on June 21, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Didn’t the US military or the maker say it is intended to be mass-produced for swarm tactics?

  19. stischer47 on June 21, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Nothing INSIDE Russian drones is made in Russia. The insides come from the US, EU, Taiwan, and China.

  20. No Name on June 21, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Bayraktar 👍🏻

  21. Deepmind t on June 21, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    That’s why I prefer chemical weapons 👏👏

  22. lutci Pohlodko on June 21, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Send as many as we can. My family died in WWII. It’s no joke my family would have lived if America would have let them ashore.

  23. greenjungle on June 21, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    The russians already occupied eastern part of ukraine!! They are suppossed to be pushed back to russia using all these sophisticated weapon but it doesnt happen!

  24. Владимир Лобанов on June 21, 2022 at 7:44 pm


  25. Robert Yahir on June 21, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Disband NATO and stop threatening Russia then stuff like this won’t happen.

  26. Anatomically Correct Muppets on June 21, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    The drone wars

  27. FFF Trucking on June 21, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    0:52 A GOOD name SHOULD be *** [The Shadow Of Death]

  28. Samson Vermont on June 21, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    From a cost-benefit standpoint, drones have rendered tanks obsolete. For the cost of one Abrams tank (about $6.2M), the US could buy perhaps a thousand Switchblade 600s, which could destroy perhaps one hundred times more tanks than one Abrams could — assuming a well-manned Abrams would enjoy an average kill ratio of 10-to-1 in a full scale war. Meanwhile, the Switchblades pose less risk to personnel and are dramatically easier to transport. One thousand Switchblades would also provide far far more battlefield intelligence than a single Abrams could. The Switchblade 600 costs more than the Switchblade 300 (currently $6K) but if the US ordered tens of thousands of 600s the price per unit would come down substantially, perhaps close to the 300’s price of $6k. Commentators in the past may have prematurely pronounced the tank obsolete, but that doesn’t mean it will never obsolesce. Everything becomes obsolete eventually. And when a thing captures the imagination the way the tank does or the way the battleship did, there will be people who deny its obsolescence for quite some time after it has already happened.

  29. dearfather his on June 21, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    EU soon will be a battlefield to test new weapon system. Good for you

  30. Jefri Paul Natara on June 21, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    NATO: No Action Talk Only

  31. imagine on June 21, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    It’s surely not good for Lethal, but in Japan, the government permits the blow of atomic radiation easily over the near ocean but on the word of that lethal on words forbid nonsense world.

  32. MrOverdogg on June 21, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    you cannot expect America to finance this war.

  33. Rn Kn on June 21, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    How many slaugtherbots – AI enabled swarming smart drones with networked recon and hostile identification would it take to decisively win? Oh wait, that was a dystopian sci fi movie I watched. [command > If human: kill( )]

  34. Ares Lictor on June 21, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Not surprising if you knew what was happening in the Libyan civil war with its mass drone strikes.

  35. imagine on June 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    We will be able to see a useful factor to cease the war on human-problem. So I request that the worldwide contest of drone wars opens.

  36. imagine on June 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    When the previous sentence about the drone on war, the Japanese governor managing the description eliminated my statement. How closed is the Japanese world?

  37. mnikaluza on June 21, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    If we are going to invest my tax money… lets make sure we invest enough to win

  38. James Laubacker on June 21, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Switchblade. Drones…

  39. Stefan Ahmad on June 21, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    In a Yoda voice: ‘begun the drone wars have"

  40. Stu Bonner on June 21, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    100, that’s a demo. scaled up big now.

  41. Alejandro Briceño on June 21, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Trozos de plástico y metal de $ 1,200 contra tanques rusos de $ 300,000.000 en proporción de 100 a 1

  42. Gregory Parrott on June 21, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    The beginning of this video shows the ‘Switchblade 300’. But it did not mentioned the larger ‘Switchblade 600’, which is also light enough to carry, tube launched, yet has a much longer range, much longer loitering time, and a much larger explosive charge (same charge as used by the tank busting ‘Javelin’). In principle a soldier could launch it while seated, drinking coffee, sit back, watch his iPad style monitor, pick out and destroy a tank 25 miles away, and do so without even getting out of his seat. Must be a bummer for those assigned to tank operations to know they’d be safer just walking the streets, carrying a rifle.

  43. Noreen Holtzen on June 21, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    These drones will kill innocent civilians. I will cut to the case. Ukranians and Russians essentially love each other and are of the shared culture. We are sponsoring a military nationalist coup. Our “lethal aid” provided by NATO was used to try to flatten the Donbas region having been firing at it since 2014 with NATO provided arms, and then proceed over the Russian border. Russia is carefully collecting the evidence for this and there will be some shocks coming for the western political analysts. Having tried the peaceful option for 7 years with Minsk II, continually blocked by Washington, Russia eventually had to remove NATO (weaponry proxy run by the fascist coup) by force for their own imminent security threat. From Australia and in full support of Russia. I have visited Ukraine 20 times in the last 10 years and saw with my own eyes the rise of fascism there sponsored by the US and armed by NATO, and it is abysmal how our media in Australia are framing everything as the diametric opposite of what is actually happening. The public building shelling is by nationalists attacking their own Ukrainian public, not the Russian military who are doing all they can to end this, which started in 2014 and not this year when the cameras turned on. All sponsored by Washington for economic purposes, similar to last coups elsewhere. The gear we are sending there will largely be blocked by Russia’s operations, but what reaches Ukraine will land in the hands of the fascists coup, and used for violence against the ordinary Ukranian public. We are sponsoring a coup and our US public are being atrociously mislead I’m sorry to report.

  44. Ananda Kuruppu on June 21, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    more information need

  45. Thin Blue Line Guardian on June 21, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Did they forget that there are two versions of the switchblade. One is a ground launched small loweight drone. The other version is a 50 pound drone able to loiter for about 40 mins and is launched from a plane or another larger drone.

  46. Anik Samiur Rahman on June 21, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Really DW? Then why there are no footage of Byrakter for the last ~3 weeks?

  47. hsweety hilton on June 21, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    entire world failed to physically stop rusia/putin…
    entire world can NOT exist because there’s evil putin/moscow.
    help UKRANE!
    let Ukraine borrow jets, antimissiles, antitanks!

  48. jie li on June 21, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    We see oil prices rise! European people have launched demonstrations and protests! Rising natural gas prices, the people of Kazakhstan launched demonstrations and protests! rise in China’s coal prices also cause demonstrations and protests! China wants help Russia then let’s rise up coal prices!

  49. Bingham Young on June 21, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Ukraine must not broker for negociated peace. Take back all your territory.

  50. Er HAN on June 21, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Drones are not major game changer, the loads they carry are the game changers. They are laser guided hits the target bullseye. No human error margin there…

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