All About Drones in The Ukrainian War

By | 20/03/2024

All About Drones in The Ukrainian War And Their Implications for The Future

Lt Col (Retd) Robin Phayre

 Please note that the talk will be preceded by the AGM at 2.20pm.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, otherwise known as drones, have fundamentally changed warfare as most recently seen on the battlefields of Ukraine.  Retired soldier Robin Phayre will explain how drones are deployed and armed by both sides in the Ukraine conflict and discuss how electronic warfare has been developed to defend against and defeat them.  With their increasing sophistication, the application of artificial intelligence and the potential for swarms, submarine and nuclear-arming, Robin will share how drones might be deployed in the future.  He will also touch on the many valuable civilian applications of drones.

Robin Phayre joined the British Army with the 1st Battalion The Light Infantry in 1971, and served in Germany, Northern Ireland and as part of an Armoured Brigade preparing to fight the Russian hordes.  In the 1st British Corps, he was a staff officer responsible for plans to counter Russian aggression and move over 150,000 troops and their kit from the UK across the Channel to reinforce those in Germany.  Robin commanded a Training Regiment, before he played a significant part in modernising the UK Army by outsourcing non-core functions.  He left the Army in 2000 and then worked on very large commercial contracts in defence, health and education.  Subsequently, he set up his own company to deliver Pandemic, Risk and Cyber Management Plans to a variety of small and large organisations.

Robin has been flying drones since 2013 and produced films and pictures for architects, estate agents, auction houses, polo matches, weddings, and surveys of church towers.  He currently flies drones largely for pleasure.

Please note that any views are those of the speaker and do not represent the u3a.

The talk will be held at the Desborough Bowling Club at 10 Green Lane, Maidenhead SL6 1XZPlease aim to arrive between 2.00 and 2.10pm.  To avoid problems with parking, please share rides if possible.  You may park in the spaces for buses. 

Prospective or non-members who would like to attend the talk as a u3a ‘sample’ should please first contact the Membership Secretary, Maggie Kearney, on 01628 637 160 or


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