Ukraine’s army has already received the first 20 Warmate drones less than a week after a fundraising campaign to buy them was launched, Ukrainian Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said in a Telegram messenger post on Sept. 7.
Ukrainians have raised enough funds for the Army of Drones project to purchase 40 such UAVs, Fedorov said.
“In less than a week, you sent UAH 64 million ($1.75 million) to Mono Bank, which was transferred to the Army of Drones,” he said.
“Forty Warmate drones were purchased with these funds. We’ve already transferred half of them to the front.”
According to Fedorov, another 20 drones will be delivered to the front this month.
The Warmate drone was designed for the detection and destruction of lightly armored vehicles, air defense equipment, and conducting electronic warfare and reconnaissance.
Fedorov noted the complete system preparation for a mission takes no more than 10 minutes.
“Ukrainians left messages for the invaders to be put on the drones, such as ‘For Mariupol and for Bucha,’ and ‘Ticket to a concert by Kobzon (a late Russian singer well-known for his songs promoting a Soviet-era worldview),” the minister added.