Sky Hackers: Ukraine’s Drone Mastery Over Russia

Ukrainian Marines' Masterful Drone Strategy Overwhelms Russian Forces

In a remarkable display of tactical ingenuity, the Ukrainian marine corps' 36th Brigade has been making significant strides in the battle for control over the skies in Krynky, a key area in southern 's Kherson Oblast. Their success lies in a sophisticated blend of electronic warfare and drone operations, effectively countering Russian drone activities.

The Art of Electronic Warfare and Drone Intelligence

Ukrainian forces have executed a brilliant strategy to dominate aerial reconnaissance. As Ukrainian commander Robert Brovdi revealed, their approach involves intercepting Russian drones' video feeds, which are often transmitted over common radio frequencies with minimal encryption, making them vulnerable to hacking. This interception allows Ukrainian electronic-warfare (E.W.) specialists to pinpoint the exact locations of Russian drone bases.

Once a Russian drone's origin is identified, Ukrainian E.W. crews communicate these coordinates to their own drone operators within the 36th Brigade. These operators then deploy reconnaissance drones to confirm the locations of Russian bases. Brovdi humorously refers to these reconnaissance missions as “looking around while preparations are being made” – a subtle nod to the impending artillery strikes.

A Successful Kill-Chain in Action

This strategy culminated in a recent operation where Ukrainian forces managed to locate and destroy a Russian first-person-view (FPV) drone base. The identification of the base was confirmed by specific indicators like a particular radio antenna and its connection to the building housing Russian operators. Following this confirmation, Ukrainian artillery effectively demolished the Russian FPV base, showcasing a seamless integration of E.W., drone intelligence, and artillery firepower.

A Game of Technological One-Upmanship

This incident is not just a testament to the Ukrainian Marines' prowess in drone warfare but also highlights the evolving nature of modern combat, where technology and intelligence play pivotal roles. The Ukrainian forces' ability to adapt and innovate in the face of adversity is a significant factor in their ongoing efforts to reclaim territories.

For a more detailed account of this operation and the technical aspects of the Ukrainian Marines' drone strategy, refer to the original article on Forbes.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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