Ukraine’s homegrown drone industry is revolutionizing warfare in startling ways

Everyone knew drones would change the nature of modern warfare, they just didn’t foresee exactly how. The war in Ukraine has changed that.

After two years of fighting, the ground war has settled into a stalemate with many of the hallmarks of World War I trench warfare — a raging artillery duel in which both sides are dug in over a clearly defined front line and where often small, tactically insignificant advances come at the cost of horrific losses of troops and equipment.

A Ukrainian drone pilot reaches for a reconnaissance drone in the Luhansk Region, Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023. The drone unit’s task is to destroy Russia’s heavy machinery, armored vehicles and infantry. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

Russia is estimated to have suffered 350,000 dead and wounded since its February 2022 invasion, with the loss of thousands of
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