Following the success of Switchblade in Ukraine, France wants to buy AeroVironment kamikaze drones

Against the backdrop of the success of AeroVironment drones in the Russian-Ukrainian war, the French Ministry of Defense intends to

buy Switchblade loitering ammunition for yourself.

What is known

The French army wants to quickly acquirekamikaze drones after they showed their effectiveness in Ukraine and Karabakh. The Department of Defense is serious about developing remotely controlled weapons systems, and the Switchblade is the perfect solution for this.

The agency filed a request for the purchase of loiteringammunition and plans to make a purchase within the next six months. Arnaud Goujon, head of the planning department of the French army, announced this at the Eurosatory exhibition.


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The Department of Defense believes that the Americankamikaze drones will significantly expand the operational capabilities of the country's armed forces. Now experts are studying the possibilities of Switchblade, and first of all they are interested in range and autonomy. Neither the French Defense Ministry nor AeroVironment will disclose the details of the application until the decision of the US Congress. According to rumors, France will buy about 80 systems.

What is Switchblade

The Switchblade is a tactical loiteringcompact ammunition. The dimensions of the drone allow the operator to carry it in his pocket. The UAV carries a warhead and can destroy armored vehicles, manpower and unprotected targets.

The drone exists in three versions.The first is the Switchblade 300. It is 61 cm long and weighs less than 3 kg including the case and launcher. The flight range is 10 km, and the battery provides operation for 10 minutes. In connection with these drone is not suitable for reconnaissance.

The second option is Blackwing. It was announced seven years ago and is designed to meet the needs of the US Navy for fast communications. It differs from the Switchblade 300 in the absence of a warhead.

The third modification is Switchblade 600.Ammunition weight increased to 23 kg, so you can't carry it in your pocket. It carries a Javelin-type anti-tank warhead. The operating range is 80 km, while 40 km of them the kamikaze drone will patrol in the air for 20 minutes. The maximum attack speed is 185 km/h.

Source: Defense News

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