FALSE: Photos of drones made by German company Quantum

FALSE: Photos of drones made by German company Quantum

29 April 2022

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According to the information spread on the Internet, the German company Quantum allegedly has delivered drones to Ukraine. A photo of the alleged drone is added to the posts, referring to Yuriy Butusov.

Screenshot of the post

We will explain what’s wrong with it.

Please, note that the news is written both with Cyrillic and Latin letters (compare: the Latin “k” is used in the word “мосkва” instead of the Cyrillic “к”). The letter “o” in the text is replaced by zero “0” (compare: zero “0” was used in the word “м0нстра” instead of the letter “o”). The text has emotional coloring. Similar signs indicate that it is either fake or clickbait.

In addition, the posts have a link to the Telegram channel that allegedly should provide more detailed information about the event. However, the link does not lead to a specific message but a closed Telegram channel with the news. To access the channel, you must wait for administrator confirmation. Such type of news with shocking photos or headlines is spread to increase the number of subscribers on the telegram channel in a deceptive way.

Yuriy Butusov, a Ukrainian journalist, said on April 16 that the German company Quantum had for the first time delivered a Vector military drone to Ukraine for artillery fire adjustment. Here’s how it looks like:

Photo from the post of Yuriy Butusov

Photo by Quantum

The posts on Facebook do not depict Vector from Quantum. This is a Ukrainian invention – an unmanned aerial vehicle ACE ONE. It was presented at the exhibition “Weapons and Security” in 2021.



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