Switchblade: America’s Suicide Drone Ukraine Is Using to Destroy Russian Tanks
President Biden is ramping up efforts to help Ukraine fight back amid Russia’s invasion. The increase in military aid includes a delivery of 100 Switchblade drones.
What are Switchblade drones?
They are single-use weapons — small, unmanned aircraft that are launched from a tube, and that experts say are capable of inflicting significant damage. The drones have blade-like wings that emerge when the device is launched.
Switchblade drones are cheaper than most U.S. drones, and come in two sizes, according to AeroVironment, the manufacturer. The Switchblade 300 model weighs about five pounds, flies up to 15 minutes at a time, and is designed to be carried in a backpack, assisting small infantry units tracking the Russians’ movements.