Crowdfunded Ukr'ian SF halted tanks

Remember the 40-mile long convoy of sitting duck tanks that couldn’t move toward Kiev? This solves the mystery.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/28/the-drone-oper…

**The drone operators who halted Russian convoy headed for Kyiv**

**Special IT force of 30 soldiers on quad bikes is vital part of Ukraine’s defence, but forced to crowdfund for supplies**
**by Julian Borger, The Guardian, Mon 28 Mar 2022**

**One week into its invasion of Ukraine, Russia massed a 40-mile mechanised column in order to mount an overwhelming attack on Kyiv from the north.**

**But the convoy of armoured vehicles and supply trucks ground to a halt within days, and the offensive failed, in significant part because of a series of night ambushes carried out by a team of 30 Ukrainian special forces and drone operators on quad bikes, according to a Ukrainian commander...**

**Aerorozvidka has been forced to resort to crowdfunding and a network of personal contacts in order to keep going, by getting hold of components such as advanced modems and thermal imaging cameras, in the face of export controls that prohibit them being sent to Ukraine....**

**The Ukrainian soldiers were equipped with night vision goggles, sniper rifles, remotely detonated mines, drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras and others capable of dropping small 1.5kg bombs. “This one little unit in the night destroyed two or three vehicles at the head of this convoy, and after that it was stuck. They stayed there two more nights, and [destroyed] many vehicles...”** [end quote]

Is old-fashioned conventional warfare dead?

The failure of American forces in Afghanistan and Russian forces in Ukraine show that small, relatively inexpensive high-tech equipment in the hands of a determined defense supplied from outside can stymie the world’s military superpowers.

Wendy

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Not really. The incompetence was on the part of the Russian commanders/strategists. They set up their convoy to be sitting targets–and the Ukrainian military took advantage of that screw up. The failure was compounded by the lack of fuel and food. Putin’s underlings screwed him over–big time.

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Nice find Wendy! Thanks.

The Captain

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But the convoy of armoured vehicles and supply trucks ground to a halt within days, and the offensive failed, in significant part because of a series of night ambushes carried out by a team of 30 Ukrainian special forces and drone operators on quad bikes, according to a Ukrainian commander…

There was mention of this on BNN awhile back. Apparently the cameras are really special.

https://globalnews.ca/news/8669104/canada-drone-cameras-ukra…

Canada to ship drone cameras to Ukraine amid war with Russia

By Abigail Bimman & Aaron D’Andrea Global News

Posted March 9, 2022 8:36 am

The cameras for the surveillance drones are part of the $50-million aid package that includes “highly specialized equipment” for Ukrainian forces, Trudeau said.

“We have obtained a number of specialized equipment, including cameras used in drones that a Canadian company makes that we will be able to start sending towards Ukraine in the coming days,” he said.

OT - breaking news, looks like we are going to join the F-35 parade of fools after all! }};-@

Sadly there aren’t a whole lot of choices out there. Our arctic is no place where being one engine away from freezing to death on the tundra seems like a good idea?

Anymouse

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/video/feds-picks-lockheed-martin…

Feds picks Lockheed Martin as preferred bidder for fighter-jet order

Canada will begin talks with Lockheed Martin Corp. to purchase 88 new F-35 warplanes, selecting the U.S. aerospace giant over a European rival to deliver fighter-jets as soon as 2025. BNN Bloomberg’s Western Bureau Chief, Tara Weber, reports.

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Conventional warfare is not dead, but a significant additional layer of complexity has been added.