Switchblade, Phoenix Ghost drones in new US aid to Ukraine
Increased supplies of so-called suicide drones will be among the munitions included in the $1.3 billion US aid package to Ukraine announced Wednesday – aerial reinforcements that officials said will include both Switchblade and still enigmatic Phoenix Ghost loitering UAVs.
The provision of those funds for military equipment to Kyiv followed an earlier extension of US assistance for medical and humanitarian responses to Russia’s invasion, bringing the week’s total to $2.3 billion.
Included in that latter group are a range of heavy-hitting rocket and missile systems, as well as additional Switchblade and Phoenix Ghost drones. While capable of multiple reconnaissance and intelligence missions, those UAVs have gained the most attention for their effective use by Ukraine in one-way attacks on Russian troops and armored vehicles.
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