Volunteers and mobilized soldiers who have experience playing computer games have proved the most adept at learning to operate complex drones, an instructor serving in Russia’s Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has told journalists.

The instructor, whose call sign is ‘Cross’, said that gamers made especially good progress in mastering First Person View (FPV) drones, which provide the operator with a real-time video feed that can be used to control the device via a monitor or video helmet.


Gamers ‘fly’ better, it’s a fact, Cross was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. He noted that while it took him about two weeks to understand the concepts of flying an FPV drone, gamers could get the hang of it in just one day.

In two weeks they were already flying like ‘adults, the instructor said. When an untrained person immediately starts ‘flying’ very well, I always ask ‘have you flown somewhere before?’ They respond ‘no, i just played computer games using a joystick.’

Cross told reporters he is convinced that if gamers were to be recruited through social advertising, they could be useful for military service and a lot more volunteers with this background could be attracted.


We already have banners and videos calling on people to sign up for contract service. We should do the same for gamers.

Last week, former DPR security minister Andrey Pinchuk also reported that the Ukrainian military was looking with fire for young people who had played all sorts of simulator video games.

They are viewed as having a good sense of balance and are seen as the most effective at operating modern FPV kamikaze drones.


He noted that traditional specialists do not understand what to do with these devices at all and that without the necessary skills, the drones are useless and just sit around in warehouses.

Pinchuk also suggested that special training grounds were required to properly train drone operators, and that Ukraine currently has neither the capacity nor enough professionals to quickly prepare a large number of UAV pilots.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2023.

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18-05-23 20:27

Oh, so Now all you all will stop discrediting and demeaning Gamers… because you found a real world Violent use for our skills. After the last 40 years of degradation and disdain from society, I say “Bite Me” for all Real gamers world wide. We keep our Violence online unlike the “real” world. Why you may ask? Because we are better than that. So, meh!

Hans Brix
Hans Brix
18-05-23 20:28

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Rachel Macaron
Rachel Macaron
18-05-23 20:39

The right time for Russia to test and deploy a non-nuclear Multiple Independently target-able Reentry Vehicle (MIRV) ballistic missile payload that contains several precision-guided warheads, each capable of being aimed to hit a different target. The MIRV can use conventional explosives, kinetic energy perpetrators, or sub munitions to destroy or damage targets deep inside enemy territory to provide a credible deterrent by posing a threat to the enemy’s strategic assets and infrastructure without resorting to weapons of mass destruction or nuclear escalation.