Ukraine war: What are Iranian kamikaze drones and will the US send the deadly MQ-9 Reaper? | World News


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Ukrainian soldiers are using shop-bought drones as their eyes and ears in the trenches or flying them above Russian tanks and dropping grenades through open hatches.

Meanwhile, back in Kyiv swarms of Iranian-made kamikaze drones are wreaking misery and plunging citizens into darkness.

What are the main types of drones being used in Ukraine? Will the US ever send its feared Reapers and Predators to the battlefield?

Sky News takes a look at some of the drones being flown by both sides, and answers some of the key questions.

Shop-bought drones giving soldiers an edge in the trenches

Everyday shop-bought drones are being used to great effect by Ukrainian soldiers as their “eyes and ears”, Stuart Ray from McKenzie Intelligence Services told Sky News.

Soldiers fighting in trenches can use a drone – often the Chinese-made DJI series – to look ahead and gain a huge advantage.

“What you have got really in the last 20 years is the proliferation of what was originally quite a strategic or operational level asset right down now to the tactical level,” he said.

What’s more, social media is awash with videos of the inexpensive drones dropping grenades through the open hatches of Russian tanks, causing a huge secondary explosion as ammunition inside ignites.

The ‘AK-47 of drones’ with a song named after it – how powerful is the Bayraktar TB2?

Manufactured by Turkish company Baykar, the Bayraktar TB2 is the largest drone known to be in use by Ukrainian forces, carrying out surveillance missions and surgical strikes using laser-guided bombs.

Sarah Kreps, professor at Cornell University and an expert on drone warfare, says there was a sense in the first couple of months of the war that the Bayraktars might be “game-changers”, but she says this was down to Russia’s failure to establish air superiority.

She told Sky News: “What happened is with the spring thaw Russian convoys got stuck and these TB2s come in and start taking out Russian tanks.

“But then the…



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