How Toy Drones Are Transforming War in Ukraine and Israel

Israeli Merkava tanks are sporting cage-like metal roofs welded or bolted onto them.

  • Soldiers call this add-on armor a “cope cage,” as it’s designed to cope with a new and devastating weapon: a toy drone.

A decade after Iraqi, Syrian and Yemeni militant groups first weaponized quadcopter-style drones—strapping explosives to them for one-way “kamikaze” attacks or rigging them to drop grenades—cheap drones are now the standard aerial weapon for both the Russian and Ukrainian armies.

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