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Small skirmishes pose perfect opportunity for Switchblade success in Ukraine

8th April 2022 - 12:59 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast


A US Army soldier launches a Switchblade loitering munition during a training exercise (Photo: US Army)

Switchblade loitering munitions en route to Ukraine could be effective against Russian tank formations and in small-scale skirmishes, according to a defence expert.

As Ukraine prepares to deploy Switchblade loitering munitions against Russian targets, the new weaponry could be highly effective during small skirmishes and engagement of enemy tank formations, according to a defence analyst.

The US has approved the transfer of Switchblade 300 and extended-range Switchblade 600 drones to Ukraine as part of lethal aid assistance, and it has also trained Ukrainian soldiers to use them.

‘They [Ukraine] may well look to use Switchblade in small skirmishes and fights that are happening further afield than big cities, especially because Russia will have limited air defences [in those locations],’ said James Rogers, assistant professor in

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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