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U.S. to provide Ukraine with Switchblade loitering drones

President Joe Biden signed an order to transfer $800 million worth of equipment to Ukraine. This new package includes 800 anti-aircraft systems and 9,000 anti-armor systems. In addition, the United States is working with allies to identify and transfer longer-range anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, the president said on 16 March.

The White House released a list of the assistance. The package includes 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 2,000 Javelin, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons, and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems. The package includes 100 Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Switchblade

Type:Manufacturer:
Loitering munitionAeroVironment
Country of origin:Targets:
United StatesSwitchblade 300: anti-personnel, soft-skin vehicles; Switchblade 600: armored vehicles
Flight speed:Operational range:
63 mph cruise; 100 mph dash10 km range backpack with 15 km–45 km options
Operators:Service:
United States Army, United States Marine Corps, Ukrainian Armed Forces2011 – present
Targeting system:Operational altitude:
Dual front and side look EO cameras and IR nose camera; Stabilized electronic pan-tilt-zoomBelow 500 feet AGL (ceiling >15,000 feet MSL)
Guidance system:Endurance:
Autonomous; manual15 + minutes
Variants:Weight:
Switchblade 300; Switchblade 600 Switchblade 300: 5.5 kg; Switchblade 600: 54.4 kg
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