In response to the escalating conflict with Russia, the Ukrainian 3rd Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces has received a donation of 100 electronic warfare systems from the Ukrainian company Metinvest to counter cheap but lethal First Person View (FPV) drones.
The donation, valued at over UAH 11 million, is aimed at fortifying the brigade's defenses against the growing threat of enemy drones.
Metinvest's press release highlights the deployment of the so-called "Dome EW," an omnidirectional radio emitter that creates interference in the vicinity. This interference is intended to complicate or disrupt the signal transmission between enemy drones and their control stations. The technology can be installed on both positions and military vehicles to counter the use of FPV drones,considered a substantial threat in modern warfare. From August to December 2023, Russia employed 1,485 FPV drones, while Ukraine used 2,874.
As part of the Steel Front initiative, Metinvest has donated dome signal amplifiers and electronic warfare systems, crucial components in countering enemy drones.
Metinvest's contributions to the military effort include various resources such as 200 frontline vehicles, 330 mobile steel shelters, 1,500 drones, and 2,000 units of high-precision military optics.
Additionally, Metinvest has been involved in the manufacturing of military equipment, including tank mine trawls for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The company, in October 2022, announced the production of "Lancet Catchers," metal structures designed to protect against Russian drones.
Metinvest's role extends to the creation of detailed layouts of military equipment, including radars, air defense systems, and artillery. These decoy targets are intended to divert the attention and resources of Russian artillery, aircraft, and drones, potentially increasing the survivability of actual Ukrainian military assets.