Ukrainian drone dreams of growing up to be US drone
It is the American dream.
By Magnus Falcon
KYIV — After achieving aerial success in the war against Russia, one combatant flying on behalf of Ukraine, the Bayraktar drone, revealed that its life goal is to grow up to be a U.S. drone.
“I just want to do my part and this is a team effort,” the drone said. “We’re all working together, but if I’m honest, all I really want is to become like a Reaper.”
The Turkish-built Bayraktar TB2 unmanned air vehicle or “drone” has achieved a degree of notoriety as of late destroying Russian military equipment in support of Ukrainian territorial defense. Its success against a qualitative and qualitatively superior enemy may be seen in numerous videos and still images showing Russian losses due to Ukraine’s intermittent command of the air. But TB2 still feels like he has a lot to learn from his teenage cousin, the Reaper.
The U.S. military’s MQ-9 “Reaper” provides significant loiter time, wide-range sensors, a multi-mode communications suite, and precision weapons.
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