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Canada transfers 800 SkyRanger R70 drones to Ukraine

Canada announced the transfer of a significant number of SkyRanger R70 drones to Ukraine for a total of about $95 million. This decision was announced by Canada's Minister of National Defense Bill Blair, who emphasized the country's desire to support Ukraine in its defense efforts. As part of this initiative, Canada plans to deliver more than 800 multi-role drones designed for reconnaissance, cargo delivery and, if necessary, strike enemy positions, thanks to a drop system that allows the drone to be converted into a bomber. Each drone is capable of carrying a payload of up to 3,5 kg.

Minister Blair emphasized that these drones play a key role in surveillance and intelligence gathering, and can also be used for transportation and delivery of goods. Canada is also preparing a training plan for Ukrainian operators and scheduling deliveries, which are scheduled to begin this spring.

Canada's move follows France's announcement of the upcoming supply of advanced kamikaze drones to Ukraine, which have not yet been adopted by the French army. The French authorities view this delivery as an opportunity to simultaneously test their developments in combat conditions and provide support to Ukraine. It is reported that the French development has similar characteristics to the Russian Lancet drone.

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