Ukraine Used America’s Switchblade Suicide Drone To Destroy Russia’s Tank

Ukraine Used America’s Switchblade Suicide Drone To Destroy Russia’s Tank

The AeroVironment Switchblade is a miniature loitering munition designed by AeroVironment and used by several branches of the United States military. Small enough to fit in a backpack, the Switchblade launches from a tube, fly to the target area and crashes into its target while detonating its explosive warhead.

Introduced in 2011, the original Switchblade has rebranded the Switchblade 300 after the much larger and very different Switchblade 600 anti-armour variant was unveiled in 2020. The Blackwing, an unarmed variant of the Switchblade 300, was released in 2015. More than 700 Switchblade 300 drones were sent to Ukraine by the United States as part of an arms package.

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