Ukraine recently released a video showing its special forces using the Switchblade unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to attack Russian tanks.
According to Business Insider, the 44-second video shared on social media by Ukraine’s special forces on May 24 shows the entire Switchblade UAV attack on what is believed to be a T-72B3 tank in Russia acts, at an unknown place and at an unknown time.
“A modern suicide drone armed with high-explosive explosives flew straight at a Russian tank and inflicted irreparable damage on the enemy,” the Ukrainian special forces described.
The video was extracted from the camera mounted on the UAV and is believed to be the first time Ukraine has released images from the camera of a UAV ambushing a target. The attack blew up the Russian tank and all the soldiers in the tank were killed.
Switchblade UAV attacked the Russian tank in the video released by the Ukrainian special forces on May 24
“The use of suicide drones is a regular activity of Ukrainian special forces in the war with the Russian army. This is a good example of the help of foreign partners, along with the training process and professionalism of our soldiers, has had a positive impact. “Results at the front,” stressed the Ukrainian military.
The US sent 100 Switchblade UAVs, also known as “suicide killers,” to Ukraine in April. This is part of a list of military hardware the US has provided to Ukraine to demonstrate Washington’s commitment to supporting Kiev’s defenses with the most advanced systems.
The Switchblade was designed by AeroVironment and has been in service with some US Armed Forces since 2011. With a length of only about 61 cm and a weight of about 2.7 kg, this UAV is compact enough to fit in a backpack. They are called switchblades because they have blade-like wings that can pop out when fired.
According to the manufacturer, the Switchblade can fly at a speed of up to 101 km/h and can work continuously for 40 minutes at a range of around 80 km. A camera is attached to this UAV, which provides the operator with an image showing the target of the combat area, and can completely change the target in mid-flight. In addition, the Switchblade is difficult to detect by enemy radars and can be used to accurately engage targets up to 11km away.
There are two types of Switchblade UAVs, the Switchblade 300 and the Switchblade 600. While the Switchblade 300 is used to precisely hit simple ground targets, the Switchblade 600 is used to destroy heavy weapons such as armored vehicles, steel or tanks.
According to Western military circles, these types of UAVs have shown significant effectiveness against Ukraine in the skirmishes with Russia. The country’s military mainly uses the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 UAV, which is capable of dropping precision-hit weapons.