Drone Operators Training: “If you have eyes in the sky, you can literally change the war”
“Drones are one of the most important tools in this war. Knowing what’s in front of you and knowing what’s coming before you see it is incredible. And identifying the target and providing information to artillery teams is a game changer. If you have eyes in the sky, you can literally change the war”.
These are the words of legionnaire Teri, who arrived in Ukraine to protect our territories. He was 35 years old and had spent most of his life in the United States Marine Corps before serving in Afghanistan. Then he left the service, and worked in a civilian job. But with the beginning of a full-scale invasion, he could not stay away and left everything, having joined the foreign legion.
The legionear was trained at UA Drone School, which became a benefficiary of the Slots City Foundation. Donations of the Foundation help the school train the military to operate drones for free of charge.
“It is our honor to be able to share the tools that came in handy during the Kharkiv and Donetsk offensive with the foreign fighters who left their countries in order to defend Ukraine” – say the trainers of the School. And for the Slots City Foundation, it is an honor to help our military.
“Unfortunately, such equipment as drones is very often lost in combat missions. Therefore, they are never extra, and our Foundation provided UAVs to our military every month. Now we also help with trainings on how to operate them. Unlike the technology, this knowledge stays forever, but also saves lives on the front lines”, – said the Foundation’s Director Stanislav Andreev.
20 military personnel are currently enrolled in UA DRONE SCHOOL courses, over 60 more are already listed for the next enrollment, 450 military personnel have already successfully completed their training.
UA Drone School is a project of the public organization “Advanced Defense”, which was launched in April 2022, in response to the challenges of Russian aggression against Ukraine. UA Drone School is part of the state project “Army of Drones”, which allows men and women to join aerial reconnaissance after training.
Volunteers of the Slots City Foundation delivered more than 100 items to the front last year, including 19 drones, 30 vehicles, including armored reconnaissance and patrol cars and trucks, thermal imagers, generators, as well as other equipment and clothing for fighters. In addition to transfers to the front, volunteers help with medical care for the wounded. In January, the Foundation started with a new charity direction – assistance with the training of professional drone operators.
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