World-leading consumer drone manufacturer DJI has been involved in the Ukraine-Russia war for months now. Ukrainian Ground Forces are using the DJI Mavic 3 and the larger DJI Matrice series for surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

According to the Ukrainian drone operator who fought in the battle for Lysychansk in the Donbas region, almost everyone on the front lines is reliant on these drones., including civilians.

“The get bought by friends, by relatives, by volunteers—and then become the eyes of the front line units,” said Alex. “The situation can change in 10 minutes, and you need to see what the enemy is doing right away.”

And even though Russian forces were trying to jam the electronic signals in the Donbas area, it didn’t disrupt the ability of these DJI drones to be their eyes in the sky.

Ukrainian forces employing long-range artillery navigation also use DJI drones. A soldier named Abdulla told WSJ that they use these drones a lot. It helps them keep their distance from the Russians without being detected.

“They don’t know where we are,” Abdulla said.

Unfortunately for Ukraine, DJI is not theirs to monopolize. So, of course, the Russian military has access to these commercially-available drones. In fact, the Russians are using them, too.

The Russian Embassy in China posted a now-deleted comment on the Chinese social media platform, Weibo, praising DJI and its capabilities in “modern warfare.” The post cited Russian Army General Yuri Baluyevsky saying DJI drones’ have been instrumental in keeping their troops on their toes as they push towards Ukraine’s Western and Southern borders. Army General Baluyevsky added that DJI drones are efficient because of their “pinpoint accuracy.”