“It's Not Afghanistan”: Ukrainian Pilots Oppose US-Provided Drones

Front-line pilots in Ukraine are at odds with the country’s chief of staff over the use of US-provided Gray Eagle strike drones, which the pilots say can be easily shot down by Russian air defenses according to Foreign Policy.

“We are not advocating for the Gray Eagles,” one pilot told the outlet, who added that Ukraine’s military general staff are pushing for them. “There’s no good Air Force mind next to our chief of staff or commander who would say, speak up and say, hey, that’s B.S.”

It’s very dangerous to use such expensive drones in our case, because of the enemy’s air defense,” he continued, adding: “It’s not Afghanistan here.

Both Ukrainian and American officials are increasingly concerned that Gray Eagles could be shot down by advanced Russian air defense systems. The attack drones are armed with

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