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Ukraine Is Getting More Drones to Fight Russia

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Czech Drones Headed to Ukraine From Luxembourg – Reports this weekend revealed that Luxembourg donated six Primoco One 150 fixed-wing drones manufactured in the Czech Republic to Ukraine. The delivery of the drones on Saturday was confirmed by the Luxembourg Ministry of Defense.

New Drones for Ukraine to Fight Russia

The fixed-wing drones will provide the Ukrainian military with new surveillance and reconnaissance abilities.

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are designed to make surveillance easier thanks to the autopilot settings that allow for automatic takeoff and landing, as well as flight plan execution.

The drone can also fly for as long as 15 hours, continually sending data back to operators on the ground, including high-resolution imagery.

According to the manufacturer, the drone can take off and land in daylight, at night, and even during poor weather conditions and has a range of up to 2,000km in a single mission.

The drone can be operated by remote control during all phases of flight. The short runway length of 300 meters means that the drone can be launched from remote locations where airport facilities are now available.

“This endurance combined with a cruise speed of 100–150 km/h, gives the Primoco UAV – compared to electric aircraft – unmatched performance in its category, while at the same time operating costs are kept to a minimum,” the manufacturer explains.

“The unique features of the UAV ONE 150 are the 30 kg payload and the high altitude operation (to 3,300 m above sea level) allowing extended missions with a mixed sensor payload and operation at altitudes of 2,000 m or higher.”

Luxembourg Donates HUMVEE Tactical Vehicles to Ukraine

The news follows comments from Luxembourg defense minister Francois Bausch who said on November 21 that the country would also support Ukraine with the delivery of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, also known as HMMWVs, or HUMVEEs.

Writing on Twitter, Bausch said that the vehicles would improve Ukraine’s defense against Russian invaders.

“The Army of Luxembourg and the Defense Forces of Luxembourg support the Armed Forces of Ukraine by sending additional High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). These will strengthen Ukraine’s in exercising its right to self-defence,” Bausch wrote.

The government minister also confirmed that the Army of Luxembourg will assist with the European Union’s efforts to train 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers.

“The @ArmyLuxembourg and @Defense_lu support the Armed Forces of #Ukraine by sending additional High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). These will strengthen 🇺🇦 in exercising its right to self-defence. #Luxembourg will support #Ukraine for as long as it takes,” Bausch said.

Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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