Tech billionaire Elon Musk's Starlink satellites are being used by Ukrainian drones to destroy Russian tanks.
An Aerorozvidka air specialist revealed to The Times of London that the Ukrainian military has been connecting to Musk's satellite network to allow their technology to lock onto enemy targets.
Aerorozvidka is a specialist air-reconnaissance unit within the Ukrainian army.
“If we use a drone with thermal vision at night, the drone must connect through Starlink to the artillery guy and create target acquisition," the expert said.
In addition to the drones being modified with thermal cameras to identify Russian tanks at night, they are equipped with anti-tank grenades.
The unit has destroyed dozens of "priority targets" including tanks, command trucks, and other vehicles in nighttime raids, The Times reported.
"We strike at night, when Russians sleep," Yaroslav Honchar, the unit commander based in Kyiv, told the paper.
Starlink was activated in Ukraine days after Russia invaded last month.
The Starlink satellites have been providing Ukraine with internet access, as the country is experiencing widespread power outages amid the invasion.
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"If we use a drone with thermal vision at night, the drone must connect through Starlink to the artillery guy and create target acquisition," an Aerorozvidka leader told The Times.
Aerorozvidka uses an advanced NATO-supported intelligence system, Delta, to precisely identify targets.
Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov pleaded for the SpaceX CEO to help keep the cities ‘connected' by providing Starlink satellites.
To which Musk responded: “Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.”
But Musk warned earlier this month that the Starlink terminals could be targeted as the invasion heightens.
He wrote: “Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine, so probability of being targeted is high. Please use with caution.”
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