Military drone operators in eastern Ukraine © Thomson Reuters  

Defense News: Ukraine plans to spend $540 million on drones this year 

WARSAW, Poland — Ukraine plans to spend about 20 billion hryvnia (U.S. $540 million) on new drones this year, according to the country’s defense minister. 

The UAVs are meant to support the Ukrainian military as it continues to combat Russia’s invasion.

“In 2023, we are increasing the purchases of UAVs for the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Oleksii Reznikov said in a Facebook post. “This is just the beginning. After all, this is not only about the needs of aerial reconnaissance.” 

The official said that, owing to the forthcoming acquisitions, the Ukrainian military will strengthen its combat drone capacities. Ukraine will use other new UAVs for surveillance, to support to artillery units and in other missions, Reznikov added.  

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More News On Ukraine’s Drone Plans  

Ukraine to invest $550 million in drones, defense minister says — FOX News

Ukraine defense ministry to spend over $500 million on ‘Army of Drones’ project in 2023 — Republic World

Ukrainian Defense Ministry signs 16 contracts with domestic UAV manufacturers — Ukrinform

Ukraine sets up drone assault units — Reuters