The forces of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin are taking huge losses in soldiers’ lives and military equipment in his vicious invasion of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, American entrepreneur Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, has become an unlikely force, contributing tremendously to the decimation of Russian tanks via his Starlink system of thousands of internet satellites.
In fact, it is precisely Starlink giving Ukrainians an advantage in the drone war with the Russians, according to a report by the Daily Telegraph.
Ukraine’s Situational Awareness Situation Now Running on Musk
A substantial factor contributing to the Ukrainians’ successful fighting back has been the fleet of reconnaissance drones, plus about 20 Turkish-made Bayraktar battle drones the Ukrainian military has been fielding.
Ukraine has been using its Aerorozvidka (“Aerial Reconnaissance”) to target both Russian drones and the Russian tank columns.
Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, made the Starlink internet connection available in Ukraine after he delivered the necessary ground infrastructure in an expedited fashion, per the emergency request of the Ukrainian government.
It is thanks to this connection that Ukrainian reconnaissance drones in the field are capable of staying connected and providing critical intelligence while Ukrainian cities are suffering from massive power and internet outages.
Also, using the same technology, the Ukrainian drones are able to drop anti-tank explosions to decimate Putin’s tank armies.
The PD-1 unmanned aerial vehicles used by Ukraine are fitted with infrared sensors used to collect information tracking the movements of the Russian forces.
According to the report, the drone unit of the Ukrainian military uses a “Delta” system, which was improved tremendously in the past few years with aid from western tech experts.
Even regular laptops can be used to access it. Its software for “situational awareness” generates an interactive map with images coming from drones, satellites, sensors, and human intelligence, which becomes invaluable for tracking the adversary.
Newly released video showing Ukrainian artillery strikes the Russian-controlled Kherson airbase directed by TB2 drone on March 15.
The video also shows Ukrainian artillery and Bayraktar TB2 drones pounding Russian equipment.#Russia #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/5MK7vMYj3x
— BlueSauron👁️ (@Blue_Sauron) March 18, 2022
#Ukraine: In #Kharkiv Oblast, local TDF forces hit a single Russian BMP(-2) with a RPG, destroying it. pic.twitter.com/KD9NrpEYRw
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) March 18, 2022
The report reveals the system in question was tested back in 2021.
This was in the Black Sea during the Sea Breeze military exercise of the 30 member countries of the US-led NATO alliance and Ukraine. It is said to be equivalent to NATO’s situational awareness systems.
Western allies have helped build up the Ukrainian system by supplying radio technology far superior to the Soviet-Era tech. The United States is reported to have invested millions of dollars in the system’s anti-hacking protection.
Unfortunately, internet and power outages caused by the Russian invasion could have debilitated it tremendously.
This is why shortly after Putin’s brutes invaded, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov appealed to Elon Musk to give his country access to the stations of his Starlink enterprise.
Musk Reacted Very Quickly
Musk reacted quickly by shipping the first Starlink ground terminals to turn it on in Ukraine and announced it has become active in the country.
Those were followed by truck deliveries to Ukraine of more Starlink terminals, plus power adapters and battery packs. Last week, Starlink had 100,000 users of its Internet connection in Ukraine.
Head of the US Space Command, General James Dickinson, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Musk and Starlink are showcasing the vast benefits of a “mega constellation or a proliferated architecture” with respect to military capabilities.
Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency, accused Musk of weaponizing Starlink for military purposes in Ukraine, despite presenting it as purely civilian.
It is understandable why Moscow would be mad about it. Musk’s operation has become invaluable to the defense of Ukraine’s freedom, independence, and democracy in the face of the invasion by brutal Russian butcher Vladimir Putin.
Elon Musk's Starlink is already working in some regions of #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/PVjanlyXMv
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) March 12, 2022
#Ukraine: A Russian KamAZ-63968 "Typhoon" MRAP was burnt down by the Ukrainian forces. As claimed, it happened on the territories, currently controlled by the Russian army. pic.twitter.com/RnzLFrbpsS
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) March 19, 2022
Ukraine Receives Fresh Supplies Of Bayraktar Drones And Eye-Popping Numbers Of Anti-Tank Weapons https://t.co/jxWp1dVngT pic.twitter.com/kx5KML4V7H
— Forbes (@Forbes) March 19, 2022