Ukraine to use information from US strategic drones for its military operation in Donbas

Specialists from the Ukrainian military trained in the use of information from MQ-9 Reaper drones, one of the latest US reconnaissance-strike unmanned aerial vehicles, according to presentation slides published by the press service of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The images describe the operation of the Gorgon Stare video capture system used by the MQ-9 Reaper drone. This technology allows the collection of data on the operational status of the enemy. The information received by Gorgon Stare is subsequently analyzed by artificial intelligence systems.

"During the course, the students received theoretical knowledge and practical skills in planning special operations in accordance with NATO standards and procedures," the press release stated as it reported on the Ukrainian military successful passing relevant courses.

Presently, Ukraine does not have its own medium or large military drones. Flights over the country are currently being carried out by American drones, mainly in the Donbas region. American drones were also sighted several times in the Crimea.  

Depending on the tasks assigned, the MQ-9 Reaper is capable of recording in normal light and infrared, and can also be equipped with a laser range finder. The drone is designed and mass-produced by the American company General Dynamics.

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