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US mulls sending ‘kamikaze drones’ to Ukraine

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US: US President Joe Biden is considering sending U.S.-made ‘Switchblade’ drones to Ukraine, based on a report – deploying the game-changing ‘kamikaze drones’ to take our Russian tanks and kill their troopers.

The small, light-weight and relatively low cost weapons are designed by Washington DC-based AeroVironment.

The strongest of the 2 Switchblades, the Switchblade 600, weighs 50lbs and might hover over a goal for 40 minutes earlier than darting down at speeds of 115mph, piercing armour and destroying a tank.

The lighter Switchblade 300 is meant to kill individuals within the open and passengers in a car.

It weighs solely 5.5lbs however can journey for six miles, hover for quarter-hour, after which dive right down to a goal at 100mph.

Both Switchblades are designed to be simply moveable, becoming right into a rucksack and fired from a tube arrange in 10 minutes.

They are additionally meant to be cost-efficient; a Switchblade 300 prices $6,000, versus a $150,000-a-time Hellfire missile, fired from a traditional Predator or Reaper drone.

A promotional picture displaying the Switchblade drone being fired from its tube, which may be carried in a backpack. The strongest of the 2 Switchblades, the 600, can fly for 40 minutes, then hover and dive down at 115mph in a kamikaze-style mission – which may be aborted on the final minute if an error is made

An further benefit of the Switchblade, AeroVironment say, is that the strike may be aborted seconds earlier than the goal is hit – in contrast to a Hellfire drone. Hellfires have often hit targets that later turned out to be not what was anticipated.

In remarks on Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced $800 million in new military aid for Ukraine, including 800 additional Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, 9,000 anti-tank weapons, 100 tactical drones and a range of small arms including machine guns and grenade launchers.

Bigger, armed drones, like US-made Predators or Reapers, would be difficult for Ukrainians to fly and would be easily destroyed by Russian fighter planes. But former officials said small, portable kamikaze drones could prove to be a cost-effective way to destroy Russian armored convoys.



Friday, March 18, 2022 – 01:00

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