The Lithuanian Ministry of Nationwide Defence continues strengthening the Armed Forces with the present acquisition of the Switchblade tactical drones. The Defence Materiel Company underneath the Lithuanian Ministry of Nationwide Defence signed the Switchblade 600 procurement contract with the USA Authorities earlier this week. The Switchblade 600 kamikaze drones is a brand new technology lengthy vary loitering munition with traits of precision optics, as much as 40 minutes flight time and efficient antitank cost harmful for heavy armored autos, together with tanks. The kamikaze drone is able to destroying targets in a direct downwards assault.

“Other than the USA itself, we’re the primary nation worldwide to accumulate the Switchblade 600 system. The drones are a brand new deployable functionality that may permit the Lithuanian Armed Forces to destroy enemy tanks and different armored tools 40 km away. Our Armed Forces has not had such a functionality earlier than,” the Lithuanian Minister of Nationwide Defence Arvydas Anušauskas stated.

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AeroVironment Switchblade 300 Kamikaze Drone

Launching and management tools is acquired alongside the drones, in addition to the personnel coaching simulation system and upkeep package deal. The contract worth quantities to approx. 45 million euros. The US can even ship a smaller and extra light-weight model of the system, Switchblade 300, for the Lithuanian Armed Forces as nicely. Lithuania has extra tasks important for modernizing the Lithuanian Armed Forces underway: the continuing acquisition of the Joint Gentle Tactical Autos JLTV, HIMARS long-range rocket artillery methods and Black Hawk helicopters.

The AeroVironment Switchblade is a miniature loitering munition, designed by AeroVironment and utilized by a number of branches of the USA army. Sufficiently small to slot in a backpack, the Switchblade launches from a tube, flies to the goal space, and crashes into its goal whereas detonating its explosive warhead. The title switchblade comes from the way in which the spring-loaded wings are folded up inside a tube and flip out as soon as launched. Launched in 2011, the unique Switchblade was rebranded the Switchblade 300 after the a lot bigger and really completely different Switchblade 600 anti-armor variant was unveiled in 2020.