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Russia developing home-grown Switchblade equivalent, footage suggests

23rd November 2022 - 15:30 GMT | by Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo in Milan


As well using a standalone tube launcher, the Russian loitering munition seen in the video can evidently be deployed from a UGV. (Photo: VK via author)

Evidence suggests individual groups of Russian military advisers are circumventing traditional state procurement channels to get new weapon systems such as loitering munitions into the hands of Donbas militias.

Evidence has emerged of what a Russian group of military advisers claims is the country’s equivalent of the AeroVironment Switchblade 300 loitering munition undergoing test flights for Donbas militias. 

On November 17, a video was posted on social media by Dmitry Rogozin, head of a Russian military adviser unit calling itself the ‘Tsar’s Wolves', in which he alleged to be testing a new kamikaze drone that could compete with the US Switchblade 300. 

In the footage, it is seen deployed via a single-tube launcher and from an uncrewed ground vehicle (UGV). It is notable that different segments seem to have been

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Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo


Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo

Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo is a freelance security and defense reporter based in Milan, Italy. She covers …

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