A clash between two drones, used for observation by Ukrainian and Russian armed forces, has been captured on video.
The footage was filmed by a Ukrainian drone and shows it approaching a DJI Mavic, a small commercially available quadcopter, presumably used by Russian forces. An impact occurs and the Mavic can be seen cartwheeling, with its parts flying away, having likely been struck by the attacking drone’s propeller.
WW1-style duel. Ukrainan Mavic-drone, which we have delivered to one of the airborne units in Donetsk region, destroyes russian opponent. Amazing!— Serhiy Prytula (@serhiyprytula) October 13, 2022
Pls support our Armed Forces: https://t.co/nw19NpRIN6 pic.twitter.com/2vaCBQINQK
It is likely that the footage is both the first example of air-to-air drone combat and the first instance of a small commercial drone engaging another one of its kind during the war in Ukraine
The video was originally published by a Twitter account belonging to Ukrainian journalist and influencer Serhiy Pritula, who earlier organized a successful crowdfunding campaign to acquire Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 combat drones for Ukrainian armed forces.
The text in the Twitter post said that the attacking drone was another Mavic. The model, which is widely available for purchase, is popular with both Ukrainian and Russian armed forces as well as various volunteer and paramilitary formations participating in the war.
Such drones are usually used for observation, spotting, correcting artillery fire and other similar tasks on the frontline. Similar types of unmanned aerial vehicles also are sometimes fitted with explosives that can either be dropped from above or detonated in the vicinity of the target, turning these relatively cheap devices into makeshift bombers and projectiles.
UPDATE 10-18-2022, 18:15 (UTC +3): On October 18, 2022, another video of Ukrainian drone operators ramming a Russian quadcopter was posted online.
New episode of Drone Dogfights, Ukrainian drone rams into a Russian quadercopter beneath it.#Russia #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/RRyft0NxPE— BlueSauron (@Blue_Sauron) October 18, 2022