Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has released a video purportedly showing that a Russian military surveillance drone isn’t as high-tech as it seems, with features like a taped-on Canon DSLR camera and a fuel tank sealed with a plastic water bottle cap.
The alleged do-it-yourself modifications were revealed in footage of what Ukraine says is one of its soldiers taking apart a Russian Orlan-10 drone that crashed on its soil.
“This is seriously real, not fake,” the soldier says while examining the aircraft’s fuel tank, according to a translation posted on YouTube.
In another portion of the video, the soldier purportedly shows how a consumer Canon DSLR camera was attached to the drone with Velcro tape.“You see, here they attached with glue a dial so that the camera wouldn’t turn off accidentally during the flight,” he reportedly says.
The drones are estimated to cost between $87,000 and $120,000, Insider reports, citing comments that a Ukrainian military spokesperson made in 2017.
The soldier concludes the video by saying that “let’s not diminish the effectiveness of such UAVs” and “unfortunately [our] enemy is quite effective at spotting our moves thanks to such UAVS.”
But “to sum up, this will not prevent us from winning,” he declares.