Both Russia and Ukraine are currently using loitering munition on the battlefield while Russia has homemade weapons, then Ukraine has US-backed drones. So which UAV is better?
A few days ago, the US announced to provide Ukraine with the suicide drone Phoenix Ghost, which is said to be an improved version, developed especially for Ukraine. Previously, the US provided Ukraine with the Switchblade suicide drone.
During the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the KUB-BLA suicide drone, equipped by the Russian Army, appeared in Ukraine. This means that many prowling UAVs will compete with each other on the battlefield.
In the early days of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, suicide drones did not appear; As the conflict continued, in mid-March, suicide UAVs began to be widely used. According to information published by the US military, 121 sets of Phoenix Ghost suicide drones will be supplied to Ukraine.
According to information, this suicide UAV, in terms of operation, is similar to the Switchblade that was given aid to Ukraine before; but the features are different and specially developed to meet the needs of Ukraine.
Pentagon spokesman Kirby added that the combination of Switchblade and Phoenix Ghost is very effective, when against different types of targets. The US military has so far not released information about the Phoenix Ghost UAV to the outside world.
However, according to the US’s development logic of suicide UAV technology, Phoenix Ghost will apply some technologies of Switchblade UAV; but to improve battery life and warhead power, so the size of the Phoenix Ghost will be larger, and possibly a suitable warhead to attack tanks.
Before supplying the Phoenix Ghost UAV, the US provided Ukraine with a series of Switchblade UAVs. On March 16, the White House announced that it would supply Ukraine with 100 Switchblade UAVs from its inventory.
At that time, the Switchblade 300 UAV was supplied in quantities of up to 400 units; Next, the US provided Ukraine with a Switchblade 600 version, with a stronger destructive power.