Netherlands Allocates €20M for 1 Million First Person View Drones for Ukraine

The initiative, spearheaded by a coalition that includes Latvia and Ukraine, aims to bridge Ukraine's drone deficit.
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 08:38 AM, July 11, 2024
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Netherlands Allocates €20M for 1 Million First Person View Drones for Ukraine
First Person View drone

The Netherlands has pledged €20 million towards a collective effort aimed at supplying Ukraine with 1 million First Person View (FPV) drones.

These drones, operated remotely with the pilot viewing through VR glasses, are part of Ukraine's urgent request for aid in countering Russian military superiority.

The initiative, spearheaded by a coalition that includes Latvia and Ukraine, aims to bridge Ukraine's drone deficit. This coalition, bolstered by the Netherlands' recent commitment, marks a significant step forward since its inception earlier this year, underlined by a letter of intent signed in February.

"The need for rapid deployment of attack drones in Ukraine is critical. These drones have proven highly effective in combat scenarios," stated Minister of Defense Ruben Brekelmans, affirming the coalition's objectives at the NATO summit.

In addition to immediate military support, the Netherlands views participation in the drone coalition as an opportunity to leverage Dutch industry's innovation capabilities. This involvement not only strengthens Ukraine's defenses but also enhances the Netherlands' own military preparedness.

Furthermore, the initiative aims to establish a test and training center in Latvia, focusing on (counter-)drone tactics, strategy, and industrial production.

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