U.S. sending Switchblade drones to Ukraine in $800 million package

The Weapon was first fielded in Afghanistan by US special operations forces, but quickly was picked up by the Army and Marine Corps, who saw value in the light, accurate ammunition that could help thwart ambushes or take out vehicles.

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McCaul also said that the US was “working with allies” to send more S-300 surface-to-air Missile systems to Ukraine. The country has had the S-300 for years, so troops should require little-to-no training on how to operate the Soviet-era anti-aircraft equipment. CNN reported that Slovakia had tentatively agreed to transfer their S-300s to Ukraine.

The Revelations come shortly after President Joe Biden announced the new $ 800 million in military assistance to Ukraine, which also includes 800 more Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 2,000 anti-armor Javelins, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems. The AT-4 is a Lightweight recoilless rifle already used by American special operations forces.

“The United States and our allies and partners are fully committed to surging weapons of assistance to the Ukrainians, and more will be coming as we source additional stocks of equipment that we’re ready to transfer,” Biden said.

Hours earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a virtual speech to members of Congress, imploring the president and lawmakers to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine and provide his country with more material.

A Western Diplomat familiar with Ukraine’s requests said Kyiv specifically has asked the US and allies for more Stingers and Starstreak man-Portable air-defense systems, Javelins and other anti-tank weapons, ground-based mobile air-defense systems, armed drones, long -Range anti-ship missiles, “off-the-shelf” electronic Warfare capabilities, and satellite navigation and communications jamming equipment.

“I have a dream. These words are known to each of you today, ”Zelenskyy said. “I can say I have a need. I need to protect our sky. I need your help. ”

“We need to give him more defense mechanisms. He kept saying no-fly zone. I think that’s probably still a non-starter, ”Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) told POLITICO. “That doesn’t mean we can’t up the amount, do more with equipment and drones and other things that would be just as helpful.”

Ukraine has succeeded in Defending Kyiv, the capital, and Stalling Russia’s Advances three weeks after the Invasion started. The US-led Western push to put advanced, Lethal Weaponry in Ukrainian hands boosted the resistance, which to date has met a shambolic Russian advance lacking in strategy and logistics.

To further help, there is a push to get Eastern European allies to send new air defense systems to Ukraine that the US doesn’t have. At the top of the list are mobile, Russian-made Missile systems such as the SA-8 and S-300. Like the S-300, Ukraine also possesses SA-8s.

The SA-8 is a mobile, short-range air defense system still in the warehouses of Romania, Bulgaria and Poland. The larger, long-range S-300 is still in use by Bulgaria, Greece and Slovakia.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s trip to Europe this week will include not only NATO Headquarters in Brussels, but also stops in Bulgaria and Slovakia – countries that own S-300s and SA-8s – before heading back to Washington, DC


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