Russia KUB-BLA 'suicide drone' attacks

Occurred: March 2022-

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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
Rostec/JSC Kalashnikov Concern/ZALA Aero
Ukraine; Russia
Govt - defence
Drone; Object recognition
Lethal autonomous weapons; Ethics
Transparency: Governance