Russia KUB-BLA 'suicide drone' attacks
Occurred: March 2022-
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reports that Russia appears to be using Kalashnikov ZALA Aero KUB-BLA loitering drones in its war with Ukraine.
Per Kalashnikov, KUB-BLAs are able to select and strike targets through inputted coordinates or autonomously, with the system capable of 'real-time recognition and classification of detected objects' using AI, according (pdf) to the Netherlands-based peace organisation Pax for Peace.
Open source intelligence together with images released by the Russian government indicate AI technologies are being used widely in the Russia-Ukraine war, raising concerns about the ethics and accuracy of so-called 'killer robots'.
The Ukrainian air force has also been using Bayraktar TB2 drones during the war to devastating effect.
Operator: Russian Aerospace Forces
Developer: Rostec/JSC Kalashnikov Concern/ZALA Aero
Country: Ukraine; Russia
Sector: Govt - defence
Technology: Drone; Object recognition
Issue: Lethal autonomous weapons; Ethics