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U.S. to send drones with anti-armor warhead to Ukraine- Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley enter the hearing room prior to testifying before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on “Department of Defense’s Budget Requests for FY2023”, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 5, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON, April 5 – The United States will send a variant of the Switchblade drone that has an anti-armor warhead to Ukraine as quickly as possible, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday.

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“The Switchblade 600 and 300 will move as quickly as they possibly can,” Austin said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

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The 600 variant has the anti-armor warhead and can loiter over a target for more than 40 minutes, according to AeroVironment (AVAV.O), which makes the drones.

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Reporting by Idrees Ali nand Phil Stewart.

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

REUTERS

APRIL 5, 2022

https://www.reuters.com/world/us-send-drones-with-anti-armor-warhead-ukraine-pentagon-chief-2022-04-05/

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