“We’ve seen this massive proliferation of drone threats in Ukraine,” said Mr Jones.
Retired Australian major general Mick Ryan said the cost factor is significant in combating drones. However, drones themselves can be relatively inexpensive.
“Until recently we had to use very expensive missiles to attack these things,” Mr Ryan told ABC News.
Ukraine regularly intercepts large numbers of drones with the help of Western air defence systems, but it is considered an expensive activity that arguably favours Russia.
Experts say neutralising a drone that costs between $20,000 and $30,000 can incur millions of dollars, straining Ukraine’s resources, even if it successfully prevents an attack.
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