Ukrainian drone Saker Scout demonstrated the operation of an automatic target recognition system on the battlefield based on AI
The Saker company (Ukraine) was founded in 2021 to develop affordable artificial intelligence for small businesses using unmanned vision systems to protect agricultural crops. In 2024, the developer showed off its Saker Scout quadcopter and its automatic AI-based Russian target recognition system.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces allegedly began using these drones back in October 2023, which was then signaled by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense in its official statement, but without providing specifics about the use and getting away with performance characteristics. The Saker Scout can carry 3 kg of bombs (grenades) over a distance of 10 km and works in conjunction with the Delta system to create maps of the battlefield.
Now there is a video. Based on the embedded algorithm, the quadcopter is able to independently set priorities in hitting certain targets. The drone is also equipped with infrared optics for night-time operation. The drone's AI is capable of visual navigation using known landmarks in the area, allowing you to find your way even if GPS interference occurs.
Note that before this, Ukrainian serviceman Sergei Beskrestnov (call sign “Flash”) сообщил the public about the appearance on the front line of Russian FPV drones with machine vision, automatic target acquisition and thermal imaging. A communications, electronic warfare and aerial reconnaissance specialist explained that technology Russians do not yet look fully developed, but it will quickly improve during application. In this regard, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine needs to take urgent measures so that it is not too late.
- Photos used: Saker