A Ukrainian surveillance drone has apparently won the first drone-on-drone dogfight by essentially allowing a Russian quadcopter to bounce off it. The video, which was released by a Ukrainian poster on Telegram, has now gone viral and it’s unlikely to catch Hollywood’s attention. 

The Ukrainian drone is an off-the-shelf Mavic that appears to have been hovering over an empty patch of ground likely doing some reconnaissance. The Russian drone appears to size up its adversary before advancing and colliding with the Ukrainian aircraft. The video shot by the Ukrainian drone barely registers the impact and there’s a brief glimpse of the attacking drone losing what appears to be a piece of propeller before tumbling out of sight.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.