Australian cardboard drones are helping Ukraine in the war

Australia is delivering kits of cardboard and styrofoam drones to Ukraine. They can also be used as a deadly weapon.

Melbourne, Australia-based Sypaq Systems is supplying its Corvo Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS) drones, which are made from a composite of cardboard and styrofoam, to the Ukrainian armed forces. This is reported by the military blog EX². The drone comes to Ukraine as a flat kit and is assembled there.

Actually, the PPDS were developed for humanitarian purposes. They were originally intended to be used to deliver medicines, for example. Apparently, other areas of operation are now planned for the Ukraine.

Sypaq Systems CEO Amanda Holt says, “PPDS is an Australian contribution that will help the Ukrainian people defend their country and is a testament to the Australian industry’s world-leading autonomous systems capabilities.” Around 100 of these drones are to be delivered to the Ukrainian military every month.

The video shows a report on the PPDS.

The PPDS is a drone with a wingspan of about 1.80 m. It is driven by an electric motor via an air screw. The launch is done by hand or with the help of a catapult. The drone can fly autonomously up to 120 km. For this purpose, the target coordinates are programmed beforehand.

Equipped with a camera, the Ukrainian military is said to use it for surveillance and reconnaissance missions and for transport. Explosives can also be dropped with pinpoint accuracy.

The Corvo PPDS was developed in Melbourne together with the Australian Armed Forces. The project was funded as part of a $1.1 million Defense Innovation Hub contract, EX² writes. The Australian Ministry of Defense is currently examining whether the drone can also be used in its own armed forces. It’s a question of personal needs, said Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Richard Marles. The requirements would be very different from those of Ukraine.


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