Drones for defenders

The Ukrainian Freedom Fund is acquiring drones strictly for humanitarian use by Ukrainian citizens and defenders. We are currently procuring several fixed-wing drones manufactured in Ukraine and numerous quadcopters manufactured internationally. Several of these drones have already been delivered to Ukrainian units to fulfill humanitarian missions and will prove vital to reducing civilian casualties amidst Russia’s ongoing aggression.

The fixed-wing drones are manufactured in Western Ukraine with the added bonus of stimulating Ukraine’s economy. They boast a range of over 35 Kilometers and a several kilogram payload for resupply operations such as medical supplies or blood for emergency transfusions. This technology allows Ukraine’s defenders to see well beyond the horizon for search and rescue, risk assessment and spotting, and damage survey operations.

The quad-copters that UFF is currently acquiring are made by Skydio and DJI. The SkyDio X2D was built to U.S. military specifications and was selected by the U.S. Army’s Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) Program of Record. The X2D can fly by Global Positioning System waypoint navigation with assistance from on-board artificial intelligence for up to 35 minutes or 6-10 kilometers and a 150 gram payload. This system is well suited for humanitarian missions such as surveillance, assessing risk, search and rescue, damage surveys, patrols and spotting, and area security. It flies day or night, autonomously or manually, and is capable of launch from a folded position within 75 seconds. Perhaps most impressive is that the X2D can perform offline operations thanks to advanced hardware, autonomous flight capabilities, and built-in cybersecurity measures to defend against jamming.

UFF seeks to outfit Ukrainians with these complimentary long- and short-range systems to save lives through timely situational awareness and a reduced decision-making cycle. Rather than providing them directly to military or government bureaucracies, UFF utilizes its team in Ukraine and a network of volunteers to provide these systems directly to those in need.

UFF attempts to satisfy specific needs where efforts of other charities are absent or insufficient. UFF will nominate additional projects in the future. All fundraising overflows past our targets will be allocated to new projects.