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"phoenix spirit" – US develop drone specifically for Ukraine

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The United States is providing extensive arms support to Ukraine. Now the Pentagon has even developed a drone especially for this. Adapting to the needs of Ukrainians in real time, it said.

The US has developed a drone for the Ukrainian military, according to the Pentagon. “This was quickly developed by the Air Force specifically in response to Ukrainian requirements,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday. More than 120 of the drones named “Phoenix Ghost” are said to be part of the new $800 million US government military aid pact be delivered to Ukraine. Kirby said minimal training is required to operate the drone. “We will clarify these training requirements directly with the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”

The new drone is similar to the so-called switchblade drones. The Switchblades are mini drones and initially start without a target. They can then circle the ground for a long time, waiting for a target to attack. They then self-destruct. The US government had also provided Ukraine with switchblades. The Phoenix Ghost drones have similar capabilities but aren’t exactly the same, Kirby said.

The Pentagon spokesman gave no further information on the production of the new drones. The Air Force developed it together with the aerospace company Aevex Aerospace, it was only said. A senior Pentagon official was unable to say how the new drone got its name. But she is a good example of how to adapt to the needs of Ukraine in real time.

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