The US wants to give Ukraine kamikaze drones as part of a $800 billion (£609 billion) package of weapons to help Ukraine fight back against Russia. The shipment includes 100 unmanned drones, which US officials say are Switchblades – small’suicide drones that explode when they hit a target.” They say the drones are called “Switchblades.”
The use of drone footage of the destruction of Russian armored vehicles has quickly become a key tool in Ukraine’s information war, Sky News said. This has been a big hit on social media. So, how much have drones helped Ukraine fight back? “Ukrainian forces have used cheap drones with lethal effectiveness to defend the country’s cities,” Sky News said, “surprising Western military experts” in the process. The drones that the Ukrainian military is using now are Turkish-made TB2s, which have “surprisingly worked out well.” “They each cost less than $2 million (£1.5 million). They fly at a low altitude so that Ukrainian forces can strike Russian targets.”
It’s not clear how many drones Turkey sold to Ukraine, but “independent estimates by open source intelligence researchers” say there are between 20 and 50 in Ukraine. Ben Wallace, the UK’s defense secretary, has praised Ukraine’s use of drone attacks. He told the House of Commons that Turkish TB2s have been “incredibly important” in slowing down or blocking the Russians’ progress in Ukraine. In the Times, they say that an “elite Ukrainian drone unit” has hit a lot of “priority targets” by “attacking Russian forces as they sleep,” which has worked. Russian tanks, command trucks, and vehicles that carry electronic equipment have been taken out of the sky by Aerorozvidka, a special air reconnaissance unit in the army.
“Russian forces are still when the sun goes down,” the paper said. “They hide their tanks in villages between houses because they are afraid that Ukrainian artillery will hit them.” In the paper, Aerorozvidka, which has 50 drone-piloting teams, says that the “immobile convoy,” which Aerorozvidka has 50 teams of, is its main target. It’s impossible to see our drones at night, a soldier with the Aerorozvidka group said. “We look for the most valuable truck in the convoy, and then we hit it right on the spot. We can do this very well with very little damage to other vehicles in the convoy.” Even in small towns, it’s possible. At night, you can get much closer to the person you want.
A research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute says that so far, Russia has been able to stop Ukraine from using drones to do things like kill people. Russian troops’ morale and tactics may be affected by a threat from a quiet and unknown enemy, according to Bronk, who wrote about this in The Spectator. TB-2’s effectiveness so far is more a reflection of the skill of its Ukrainian operators and the incompetence and operational failures of Russian forces, he said.
The drone itself doesn’t have any unique abilities. The drones being sent by the US are called kamikaze drones because “they can be flown right into a target, after which it explodes.” Japanese pilots used this tactic in World War II; They loaded small planes with explosives and flew them right into Allied warships. The name is a reference to this tactic. Based on what NBC says, those drones are likely one of two types called Switchblades, which can shoot at targets miles away with deadly precision. Putting Switchblades, which are “kamikaze” bombs that can only be used once, in the hands of Aerorozvidka, may not help the country defend itself.
Only one thing is wrong with it. They are angry that Russia is using drones that use artificial intelligence to decide who lives and who doesn’t live, and they don’t like how they look. So far, there hasn’t been a lot of backlash against the US for sending Switchblades to Ukraine. Some experts are worried that this could start a nuclear war. We’re rooting for Ukraine, but these drones are a grim reminder that even “good guys” can use weapons that kill people in war.