Ukraine Pairs Ground Drone With New Turret to Hammer Russian Positions

This video, provided by Ukraine’s 5th Assault Brigade, shows a ground-level drone, termed a UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) in one of its first combat applications featuring a Saber turret.


Looking like an up-scaled ATV, Ukraine’s new ground drone is debuted here with a Saber turret. Although the drone is shown with someone riding atop it, it is sent into combat without a rider. Still, this illustrates the drone’s potential usefulness in CASEVAC or transport. The Saber turret allows heavier weapons to be mounted to the drone, although the jury is out as to which weapons system is in use in this video. This ability to bring heavier weapons further afield with lower risk to the operators is magnified when paired with an aerial drone for spotting, as seen here. In utilizing these drone systems in tandem, Ukrainian soldiers can now spot targets and walk these larger rounds onto them from relative safety.


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This video, provided by Ukraine’s 5th Assault Brigade, shows a ground-level drone, termed a UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) in one of its first combat applications featuring a Saber turret.


Looking like an up-scaled ATV, Ukraine’s new ground drone is debuted here with a Saber turret. Although the drone is shown with someone riding atop it, it is sent into combat without a rider. Still, this illustrates the drone’s potential usefulness in CASEVAC or transport. The Saber turret allows heavier weapons to be mounted to the drone, although the jury is out as to which weapons system is in use in this video. This ability to bring heavier weapons further afield with lower risk to the operators is magnified when paired with an aerial drone for spotting, as seen here. In utilizing these drone systems in tandem, Ukrainian soldiers can now spot targets and walk these larger rounds onto them from relative safety.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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