Posted by Kane on March 17, 2022 1:02 pm


As part of a massive military aid package announced Wednesday, the Biden administration is providing Ukraine with U.S. made killer drones — guided missiles that could accurately target Russian troops from miles away — two congressional officials briefed on the matter told NBC News.

The White House referred to the weapons as “100 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems.”

There are two variants of the weapon, the Switchblade 300 and the 600, that have been sold to U.S. Special Operations Command by manufacturer AeroVironment, based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. The 300 is designed for pinpoint strikes on personnel, and the larger 600 is meant to destroy tanks and other armored vehicles. The Congressional officials did not have clarity on which variant would be provided to Ukraine, or whether both would be.

The Switchblades are essentially robotic smart bombs, equipped with cameras, guidance systems and explosives. They can be programmed to automatically strike targets miles away, and they can be steered around objectives until the time is right to strike. The company says the 600 can fly for 40 minutes and up to 50 miles.

They are single-use weapons, which is why they have been dubbed “kamikaze drones.” But they are orders of magnitude cheaper than the Hellfire missiles fired by U.S. Reaper drones.

The Kamikaze 300 can cost as little as $6,000.

Both weapons can be set up in minutes and launched from tubes. They fly much faster than the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones that Ukraine has been using.


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