Ukraine’s Boosting Military Tech Capability with a State-Military-Private Tech Cluster
April 26, 2023
Ukraine has launched an initiative to promote innovation and streamline the development of military technology. Called BRAVE1, the initiative aims to give Ukraine a technological edge in the ongoing conflict with Russia. Which has been using unmanned aerial vehicles extensively for reconnaissance and in attacks.
By bringing together state, military, and private sector developers, Ukraine hopes to harness the power of innovation and technology to gain an advantage in the conflict. The government has earmarked more than $2.7 million to fund projects that have the potential to help Ukraine win the conflict.
Ukraine Launches BRAVE1 Initiative to Promote Military Technology
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has been ongoing for over a year, with both sides making frequent use of unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance and in attacks. Russia extensively uses Iran’s long-range exploding drones to damage Ukrainian power plants and instill fear in civilians.
In response, the Ukrainian government launched a public fundraising drive last year to build an “army of drones.” Now, the Ukrainian government is launching an initiative to streamline and promote innovation in the development of military technology that would give Ukraine a battlefield advantage.
The BRAVE1 Initiative
The Ukrainian government has launched an initiative called BRAVE1 to promote innovation and streamline the development of drones and other technologies that have been critical during Russia’s war in Ukraine. The initiative aims to bring together state, military, and private sector developers working on defense issues to give Ukraine a technological edge. The government has earmarked more than $2.7 million to fund projects that have the potential to help Ukraine win the conflict.
Platform for Communication
Oleksandr Kviatkovskyi, a board member of combat drone innovation nonprofit Aerorozvidka, sees BRAVE1 as a platform the military can use to communicate its electronic warfare needs and providing strategic support to the military technology industry.
Fevzi Ametov, a Ukrainian soldier and co-founder of Drone.ua, a company that specializes in drones, said that businesses and engineers already try to incorporate feedback from military personnel into their products. BRAVE1 will serve as a more efficient platform for the military to communicate its needs and provide input into the development of military technology.
Boosting Military Technology Development
The BRAVE1 initiative is expected to create a significant boost in the development of war technologies. While Kviatkovskyi isn’t sure that such a platform can create a significant boost, Ametov believes that the initiative will help save lives and protect Ukraine’s sovereignty.
He notes that Ukraine is investing many more resources in military technology than it did before Russia’s invasion. His company distributes a portable anti-drone gun that uses radio signals to jam drones and bring them down. According to Ametov, Ukrainian forces are using hundreds of these guns, with more on the way.
Importance of Technological Superiority
For now, Ukraine and Russia are about on par in their ability to employ drones. But when facing an enemy that has more troops and equipment, Ukraine must strive for technological superiority.
“No matter how much enthusiasm you have to defend your country, you just physically cannot do it. That’s why it’s important to build institutions so we can convert the energy of all volunteers, businesses, and active citizens into concrete big projects that will continue to work for decades.”
said Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation.
The BRAVE1 initiative is a significant step for Ukraine in its efforts to defend itself against Russian aggression. By bringing together state, military, and private sector developers, Ukraine can harness the power of innovation and technology to gain an advantage in the conflict.
The initiative will serve as a platform for communication, provide strategic support to the military technology industry, and create a significant boost in the development of war technologies. Ultimately, Ukraine hopes that this initiative will help save lives and protect its sovereignty.