November 28, 2023

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New Technologies Have Been Critical to Ukraine’s Defense

In response to the ongoing Russian invasion, the Ukrainian military is rapidly developing and deploying new military technologies to defend its territory and protect its citizens. These technologies range from cutting-edge drones to advanced missile defense systems, and they have already proven to be effective in countering the Russian military’s offensive operations.

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An example of Ukraine’s use of new military technologies is the Bayraktar TB2 drone, a Turkish-made unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is conducting surveillance and strike operations against Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. Equipped with high-resolution cameras and laser-guided missiles, the Bayraktar TB2 is instrumental in locating and neutralizing enemy targets, including tanks, artillery units, and military convoys.

Asymmetric Warfare is the New Normal

Another key technology that Ukraine is using to repel the Russian invasion is the Javelin anti-tank missile system, a portable missile launcher capable of destroying armored vehicles at long ranges. The shoulder-fired Javelin is used by Ukrainian soldiers to destroy and disable Russian tanks and other armored

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vehicles, which are the key component of the Russian military’s offensive operations.

In addition to these weapons systems, Ukraine is investing in advanced missile defense technologies to protect its cities and infrastructure from relentless Russian missile attacks. Using billions in ally funding, Ukraine is deploying an upgraded version of the Soviet-era S-300 air defense system, a long-range surface-to-air missile system capable of detecting and intercepting incoming missiles and aircraft.

A Rush to Modernize

Beyond these new weapons, Ukraine has been investing in a range of other technologies to modernize its military and improve its defensive capabilities, including advanced satellite communications systems, cyber defense capabilities, and new artillery and rocket systems. The goal of these investments is to create a more agile, technologically advanced military that can respond quickly and effectively to any threats posed by the Russian military.

Despite these investments in new military technologies, Ukraine faces a formidable adversary in Russian’s military, which still has superior resources and firepower. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian military’s use of these new technologies has allowed it to offer determined resistance against Russian forces in recent months, particularly in Bakmut and the Donbas region.

The Tech War is Expanding

In response to the Ukrainian military’s success, Russia has stepped up its own investments in military technologies and is reportedly developing new weapons systems and tactics to counter Ukraine. The

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escalation of this technological arms race underscores the critical importance of military technology in modern warfare, and highlights the need for continued investments in this area.

Ukraine’s use of newer military technologies has been a critical factor in its ability to defend itself against the ongoing Russian invasion. From advanced drones and missile defense systems to cutting-edge anti-tank missiles, these technologies have allowed Ukrainian forces to push back against Russian aggression and defend their citizens. Going forward, the continued development and deployment of these technologies will be essential for Ukraine to maintain its defensive capabilities and deter further aggression from Russia.

By Jim Daws

By Jim Daws

Jim Daws is Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today.

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