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U.S. Is Sending Dive-Bombing Switchblade Drones to Ukraine

  • 100 of the dive-bombing 24-inch drones will be supplied
  • The weapons were first used in Afghanistan against the Taliban
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The expanded arsenal that the U.S. is sending to Ukraine includes 100 armed drones that are tube-launched from the ground and plunge into their targets, according to people familiar with the plans.

The dive-bombing Switchblade drone, made by AeroVironment Inc., has been in the arsenal of U.S. commandos since it was secretly sent to Afghanistan in 2010 for use against the Taliban. Army officials have described it as a flying shotgun. It’s less than 24 inches (61 centimeters) long and weighs about six pounds (2.7 kilograms.)