Kamikaze drones in the Ukraine conflict are causing an FPV component shortage

Quadcopter drone flying over wartorn buildings generated by DALL-E AI
(Image credit: DALL-E)

Ukraine's $541 million (approximately £439 million / AU$809 million) drone spend has flooded news channels with drone propaganda, but now it might be affecting the wider drone community. There have been many reports of different drones going into battle – rather fewer coming back – which means supplies are under strain.

A steady supply of FPV drone video clips have been shared by the SBU, the Ukraine's security service, often to somewhat inappropriate soundtracks. If there was any doubt as to what the drones do, the examples all have the tell-tale interference that indicates the recording was made remotely. Probably to a memory card on the goggles of a typical pair of analog FPV goggles. Analog video is relatively cheap and offers very low latency, so is still well suited to the fast maneuvers of FPV remote piloting.

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Adam Juniper
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With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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