Drones have completely changed the game of modern-day warfare. They have multiple value-adding applications on the battlefield, such as locating enemy targets and guiding artillery fire.
Although mass-produced commercial drones are commonly used by the Ukrainian military, they do not satisfy all of their needs. Such drones heavily rely on GPS, so they won’t be able to return if the signal is jammed. Because there’s no built-in protection against electronic warfare (EW), such drones are easy to track and often expose the operator’s location.
That’s why we decided to build a custom solution, and here are the absolute must-haves on our client’s wishlist.
Weather Conditions. Military units do not have the luxury of waiting for sunny and rain-free weather. They need to act fast regardless of the forecast as any delay may result in a loss of lives. Therefore, the UAV’s ability to fly in bad weather was one of the essential requirements.
Surveillance-Ready. Even more critical are the drone’s surveillance capabilities. The IZIVIZ team was asked to build a solution with a decent flight time and transmission range so that the unit could spy on the enemy without coming too close to their base. Another important consideration was the drone’s ability to see from afar so the UAV wouldn’t get noticed and taken down.
Electronic Warfare Resistance. Using a drone on a battlefield is utterly different from flying it in industrial settings. There’s always a risk of electronic warfare, resulting in a mission failure, loss of the UAV, data leakage, or other tactical defeats. For this reason, we were asked to design a drone with built-in protection against EW.
Dropping System. Having multiple UAVs for different purposes, be it surveillance, delivery, or munition dropping, is, first of all, costly and, secondly, not practical if carrying capabilities are limited. Therefore, IZIVIZ was also tasked with adding a dropping system so that the drone could be used for multiple use cases.