Russia’s Use of Uncrewed Systems in Ukraine is a CNA report authored by Jeffrey A. Edmonds, and Samuel Bendett.

The utilization of uncrewed systems in the Ukraine conflict has significantly impacted the dynamics of combat operations for all parties involved. This report specifically focuses on the deployment of unmanned systems by the Russian military. It provides insights into the anticipated systems that were expected to be present in the conflict and an analysis of the actual systems observed in use. The report also examines Russia’s strategies in addressing battlefield challenges with cheap inexpensive as well as foreign military drones.

Publication Date: May 2023

Russia’s Use of Uncrewed Systems in Ukraine contains the following major sections:

  • Introduction
  • Russian Military Strategy and UAVs
  • Russian Military UAVs in the Ukraine War
  • Acquisition, Integration, and Use of Commercial Drones
  • Use of Iranian Drones to Augment Russian Capability Gaps
  • Russian Ground and Maritime Uncrewed Systems in the War
  • Conclusion

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Authors- Jeffrey A. Edmonds, and Samuel Bendett.

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