In at least some elements I agree with Vann... Clearly there is a lack of sophisticated drones in quantity like the American MQ-1 Predator. It would make a big difference on the battlefield. Could also use the T 90 M on a larger scale. As a counterpoint, use Kalibr and Iskander in large numbers, which are a last generation weapon. Even so, I think that the initial problems of the Russian army were due to misguided tactics, not due to the weapons used.
That makes both of you retarded then.
The only thing "clearly there" is an extremely intense role of inexpensive, small drones that are being used by the troops on the ground in thousands, not even hundreds.
No armed forces on Earth had them before this conflict, as everyone considered it as toys.
Some small numbers were used by the most sophisticated special forces, and that's it.
Now, in both Russian and republican armies, those drones are the main subject of donations and each delivery to the front consists tons of them. DJI is already a superstar in this conflict, and the prices of drones doubled on Aliexpress.
Drones are irrelevant to this war
That is an extremely immature statement, as we all see that the role of drones is huge.
Only question is, what kind of drones.
The Bayraktar saga already has proven, that they are all easy prey for solid AD assets, and don't pay any serious role.
And no, Predator, and no other Wunderwaffe would have worked better. Maybe some high speed and low observable ones, could be slightly more effective, but hardly believe in that.
Russians are using drones in huge numbers, let it be Orlans or Forposts. The conflict led to arming Orlans, maybe you have missed that. Forposts are already armed, and Inohodets is coming big, too. This huge plant freshly painted is not there for masquerade, you know?
But no other country than China has the physical potential to produce thousands of small, civilian in mean, drones that are now the standard equipment of every single squad.
Sometimes, we can witness how 2-3 operators run own drones operating in the very same point, same building. Drones are on the top priority list of any money collecting campaign, and the main supply of any volunteer group. I suppose that no official and big project of creating such a dro will follow, as those made for civilian usage are already in production in tens of thousands. Maybe, Russia should talk with the already established suppliers to open facilities in Russia, that's it. Or buy bigger numbers as an official order.