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Ukrainian communities can buy electronic warfare to counter Russian weapons

Ukrainian communities can buy electronic warfare to counter Russian weapons Spokesperson of the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yurii Ihnat (photo: Getty Images)

Local communities in Ukraine can purchase electronic warfare equipment from civilian manufacturers to protect themselves from enemy missiles and drones, stated the Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson Yurii Ihnat.

"This is a standard practice (countering enemy air attacks with electronic warfare - ed.) We have enterprises that have been doing this for a long time. Many civilian enterprises are now involved in the production of electronic warfare systems," he said.

According to him, active work is currently underway in this area.

"And this is something that local communities can purchase, engage resources. You can't buy weapons - you can't buy small arms, cannons, and air defense systems - but electronic warfare systems, in particular those from civilian manufacturers, if they are working, they need to be tested - it helps save lives. Electronic warfare works with drones, and it can affect the enemy's air attack capabilities. A missile can be diverted and not reach its target," Ihnat said.

He added that now the heads of certain companies are already thinking about their personal protection to protect their facilities.

"This is already being done... This is the future. There is no need to spend expensive missiles if you can stop the enemy in this way," said the Air Force spokesperson.

Protection against drones

Recently, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said that Ukraine plans to increase production of defense against enemy drones. In particular, electronic warfare equipment and ground-based unmanned platforms.

Japan allocates $37 million to help Ukraine. The money will be used to purchase drone detection systems.