The war in Ukraine shows the game-changing effects of drones depends on the game

By Dominika Kunertova | March 13, 2023

Turkey’s military drone program has ballooned in the past few years, especially its fleet of Bayraktar drones. Credit: Bayhaluk (cropped). (Creative Commons)

The war in Ukraine shows the game-changing effects of drones depends on the game

By Dominika Kunertova | March 13, 2023


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