Plans are already in place to erect a protective dome over Kyiv during the next two years to combat the threat of drones.
The proposal might seem far-fetched and reminiscent of The Simpsons Movie when Springfield is imprisoned under a glass dome and cut off from the rest of America after Homer inadvertently causes a pollution crisis in the town.
But some of the protective shield over Ukraine‘s capital city is even in existence now over certain important objects and sites.
Scientists from different NATO countries have added their expertise to the project with Yuriy Zozulya, the adviser to the mayor of Kyiv, telling the FREEDOM TV channel: “The whole world has come to the aid of Ukraine and is creating a new system that has not been used anywhere else.
“It will be replicated not only in the cities of Ukraine, but, I think, all over the world. Both British and Canadian scientists are participating in the project. In principle, almost the entire scientific and technical potential of NATO is involved.”
He went on to stress that the dome should be fully constructed by the end of 2024, before adding: “But I want to say that fragmentarily this dome is already working in Kyiv. There are especially important objects that are guarded by such anti-drone systems.”
Zozulya added that the intention of the dome is to facilitate fixing the movement of drones and attacking them in advance.
“Artificial intelligence for recognising various objects is being rebuilt to new challenges,” he declared. “This is a sound that we hear from afar.
“That is, it starts hundreds of kilometres from the city. The system detects drones by various signs and transmits them in a chain to various situational centres that record their movement.
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“Accordingly, all systems will be able to orient themselves and attack the drones.”
Some are known as kamikaze drones and the first from Iran that was shot down by Ukrainian fighters flew over Kharkiv on September 13.
Another unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is now being used by Ukrainians after being successfully fired at 10 days later.
The National Security and Defence Council has estimated that the Ukrainian army has shot down at least 85% of the Russia’s kamikaze drones that were supplied by Iran.
During Russia’s onslaught on Ukraine last week, it has also been reported that drones were used to attack critical infrastructure in Krivoy Rog and a thermal power plant in Vinnitsa.