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JULY 2022

Russian Forces Capture First US-Made Switchblade Loitering Munition In Donbass (Photos)

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Russian Forces Capture First US-Made Switchblade Loitering Munition In Donbass (Photos)

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The Russian military has reputedly captured its first AeroVironment Switchblade 300 loitering munition, made and supplied by the US, from Kiev forces.

On May 26, photos showing the loitering munition, that was captured near an unspecified front in the Donbass region, surfaced online. The munition was slightly damaged, most likely because it crashed as a result of a technical failure, machinegun fire or electronic jamming.

Russian sources said that the loitering munition seen in the photo was only one of several which were recently captured by the Russian military.

The Switchblade 300 was designed to target personnel and unarmored vehicles. It has a range of 10 kilometers and an endurance of 10 minutes. AeroVironment developed a larger loitering munition, the Switchblade 600, to destroy armored vehicles, like battle tanks. This version has a range of 80 kilometers and an endurance of up to 20 minutes. Both the Switchblade 300 and 600 are equipped with optical guidance systems.

In an initial response to the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, the US pledged to supply Kiev forces with more than 100 Switchblade 300 and 600 systems.

The first documented use of the Switchblade by Kiev forces was on May 6, when one such munition failed to hit its target and crashed in an empty field in an unspecified part of Donbass.

So far, Switchblade 300 loitering munitions had no real impact on the battle in Donbass. The larger and more capable Switchblade 600 is yet to be spotted with Kiev forces.

It’s worth noting that the US recently pledged to arm Kiev forces with an even larger loitering munition dubbed the Phoenix Ghost. The previously-unknown system was developed by Aevex Aerospace. It is equipped with a night-capable optical guidance system and has an endurance of up to six hours. Kiev forces will receive at least 121 loitering munition of this type.

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Lunar

look at that new American tech now in the hands of the Russians soon to be sent for replication in china.

please tell me pro-Ukraine people. How could the AFU who you claim are winning would even let the Russians get a hold of such a modern piece of US weaponry. So, there is no chance that they could have found that was not active. They also could not have hacked while it was in flight, as you told me they have EW equipment and operators that was far inferior to even the most vulnerable USA equipment.

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Антон

They could sell anything, it’s usual practice. It could crushed without detonation as happened with english “Brimstone”. Captured warehouse. Here is video of buying APC and NLAW (for rubles!) somewhere in last month. Real or not — don’t know, but it could happen for sure, though usually nobody films such kind of business. youtube.com/watch?v=3r3Ro3SFmrs

Last edited 1 month ago by Антон
NWO

RE: youtube.com/watch?v=3r3Ro3SFmrs

Russian forces buying Russian made equipment from ukies?? Seems a bit weird

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Антон

15 thousand dollars for APC-80 and 100 thousand rubles for NLAW. Agree with you, it looks strange. The buyer is russian of course, but from LDPR. There were many rumors and jokes since 2014 telling how warehouse guards sells everything to the republics.

Andrey

There is nothing strange here, this is ordinary corruption.

Last edited 1 month ago by Andrey
Sunny

There’s literally no need for it as Russia’s loitering drones actually do work. 9 ukrop infantry dead with a single drone strike here: https://t.me/vladlentatarsky/13866

richebourg

Please return these to the White House.

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Fake

LOL!

If lost and found please return to Joe Biden 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington D.C.

TomSawyer

It’s like alien technology for Russians – they will be able to build something similar in like 150 years ^^

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Your daddy

Boy I’m sorry but your diagnosis is clear: retardation

Johan P

I think they will be laughing at it as their tech is far more advanced. Most US people seem to still live in their minds in the 1980’s when US military was unparalleled. But the russian tech in many fields now outperforms thecUS tech And Im old enough to remember that once ‘ made in Japan’ was synonymous with being inferior. 30-40 years later a lot of stuff Americans bought was made in Japan as it was better quality and cheaper than American made. ‘Made in China’ probably is going to follow the same path as US universities deliver ‘genderstudies specialists’ and ‘diversity officers’ and other woke useless idiots, while general education levels drop and drop. Meanwhile Russua and China are educating engineers, physicists, chemists, mathematicians who actually produce something.

Clyde

The US military was “unparalleled” in the eighties? Like Operation Eagle Claw or the flight from Lebanon after the Marine barracks bombing, or the invasion of Grenada when they lost nine helicopters?

Johan P

Lol. Didnt say they were perfect. Or smart, or even very good. But generally speaking the US military at that time was far more powerful than any other country, or any 3 countries combined. Americans seem to think the rest of the world stayed in some kind of coma since then and dont want to realize that while the US started it’s steadily increasing decline the rest of the world was moving up.

Tuff Tank

Sush, facts are not welcome.

opereta

Johan P has a point. Russia catched up and went seven generations ahead of the Yanks as the USA got distracted with Iraq, Iran, Afganistán and Somalia. They just found out about it when the Russians used Cruise Missiles in 2015.

Boggs

You know, I would perhaps consider taking you delusional clowns seriously but after looking at military budgets of the US and all the other countries, I can’t help but just laugh at you.

2beFree

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2beFree

https://www.rbth.com/science-and-tech/334174-russia-unveils-new-kamikaze-drone

Thomas Turk

Alien tech.. here’s an alien drone, mid you from a race 3,500 years ahead of us in tech.. Of course. At the moment I didn’t think about it either. May I ask you what’s the situation with the new control disk you want to reinstall, as you finally told me. Do you already have it in operation? From theyfly.com. Ptaah is human et.

Ptaah: 19. This is the case.

Billy:

Aha, and what performance does this thing achieve?

Ptaah:

20. It’s aligned with our latest ultra-subatomic computer technology.

Billy:

I know a lot now. What performance does this thing achieve, and how big is it?

Ptaah:

21. The size of the apparatus is four square millimetres, with a total thickness of one millimetre. 22. This mass also contains the entire processor apparatus as well as the transmitter and receiver, the power generating unit and the dynamisator.

Billy:

Dynamisator? What is that?

Ptaah:

23. Isn’t the name correct? – 24. I mean the engine.

Billy:

Aha, you can also call it that. An incredibly tiny mass this control disk. How big is the storage capacity of the tiny one?

Ptaah:

25. 74 Exabyte.

Billy:

A Bohemian Forest for me. Exabyte, I’ve never heard or read that before. How can that be expressed in numbers?

Ptaah:

26. You call an exabyte 1018.

Billy:

Man, that’s a trillion. 74 Exabites would then be 74 trillion bytes. And that’s stored on such a tiny surface. Ultra-subatomic, you say?

Ptaah:

27. Certainly.

Billy: And that generally corresponds to your highest current computer technology. Man, oh, man. – May I ask how many operations your high-performance computers are able to perform per second? High-performance computers, nonsense, they certainly aren’t, if I judge your technology by what you just explained.

Ptaah:

28. The operational speed of our fastest computers is 1052 operations per second.

Billy:

And all this on an ultra-subatomic basis? That’s super super speed. And how big is a computer like that and how much power does it need for operation?

Ptaah: 29. I told you the size of the smallest: four (4) square millimetres of surface area and one (1) millimetre of thickness. 30. The required operating power is seven (7) watts for a computer the size of a cubic meter, as it is in my generation aircraft.

Billy: You mean in your giant roomer?

Ptaah:

31. Yes.

Billy:

How much energy does the tiny control disk of only four square millimetres and only one millimetre thickness need?

Ptaah:

32. The demand is in the nanoscale of a watt.

Truthseeker

Funny how American tech is so crappy it falls out of the skies without enemy interference. This is typical western MIC modus operandi. Develop extortionately high priced equipment that needs constant upgrades and fix-ups to keep the US taxpayer money rolling in.

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Crazycanuck

Were your parents as phuccin dumb as you , and did they work for diktater as well , loser.

opereta

He is not related to Wali, the Super Canadian Sniper that ran away from the Russians like you are, so shut up. And the only loser here is you half wit. You are product of Ukro-Nazis that were Stored in the Canadian Cold by the Owners of UK, France and Canada….the USA

Disinfo

Half were sold on the black market, which the world will suffer from for years to come. The other half will have 0 effect on the Russian advance and also provide the Russians with valuable examples to dissect.

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richebourg

The distribution of all this weaponry around the world is truly a nightmare. So irresponsible, but it will blow black on these NATO fools. Imagine how entire shipments of high tech lethal hardware are likely being diverted into Banderite hands for sale to highest bidder. This isn’t just a bunch of AK 47’s. Narcotics organizations will be stockpiling this stuff. Once it crosses that Ukraine border all supervision is lost.

Paul

If each howitzer given to Ukraine is from a different nation, I’d figure that each would require individual training, since each country’s weapon will have different operating systems and idiosyncrasies that will require getting used to. I see only confusion in that situation.

Антон

You can’t stockpile for long time, every piece has it’s own service time. The more complicated weapon is, the less time and harder maintenance you have. You can hold AK (by the way, there is no AK-47, it’s just AK, next version is AKM, AK-74 and so on) in bad conditions for decades, it’s true, but not NLAW or “Stinger”. Western pimps sent quite old stuff on the edge of guaranty term that works 1 time from 2. Hold it for 10-15 years more and just 1 of 10 will be working. Though some of these toys will leak to wrong hands for sure.

richebourg

Thanks for clarification on the rifle

Антон

Excuse me for some mistakes in my english text like “it’s own”.

opereta

You can replace Batteries and Refrigerant on the Russian MANPADS and the Stingers too. In others, the Integrated Circuit Boards need testing and replacing. Some Ammo also requires Nitrogen Atmosphere Storage like PRG rockets. I guess the Ukros didn’t get an of that.

Антон

True. Military can replace expired details, but not a mafia due to lack of details and experience to do it. And you’re right again, ukros didn’t do it also, because have no spare parts as i guess.

john

The Switchblade 300 was introduced in 2011 and is “old school ” technology . Its a rebrand as a more up to date =Switchblade 600 was introduced so its anything BUT cutting edge –shows you the USA is supplying Ukraine with out of date technology.

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инспектор

Would be kind of stupid to give your best weapons in such a war. Both NATO and Russia are saving their best for WW3.

Антон

10 years is small term for military stuff. Main battle tanks in many modern armies is modernization of 1970’s tanks. MBT-70 and T-72 research programs. Look at B-52, first flight in 1952. Fighters a bit newer, but is modernization of 1980’s planes, except 5th generation. Military is very conservative, all armies still use 7,62mm rounds invented in 19th century.

WT Baker

This City of London-Wall Street-Brussells war, a 21st century version of oligarchic war, has failed to “contain” or bring Russia to her knees. It should be obvious to any thinking rational human being that the writing is on the wall. Now pay attention as these same bankrupt powers turn their obscene minds to do the same to China. That will fail also if it even gets off the ground. It’s time for a new system predicated on the sacredness of human life and it’s creative potential for beauty.

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Wizzy

These things have already been caught in numbers in Syria. You just lay a white sheet and they fall on it like ants

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Joe

Poor male Ukranians, soon there won’t be any left.

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2beFree

It doesn’t look like a high-quality product. Very typical of American armaments aimed at export.

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Dale F

Ukraine doesn’t need switchblades. They need bandages, food and medical aid!

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Crazycanuck

No big deal the russian phuccin dummies and the chinkese cant build shit.

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Tuff Tank

The USAian tax payer must be feeling real good rite about naow amirite?

More guns, less butter.

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Sgt. Based

Its kinda cool seeing the tech my tax dollars helped buy being handed to nazis for free in order to live out the war hawk fantasies of a bunch of cold war relics who view human life as obstacles to their continued profit

Oh wait did I say cool

I meant embarrassing and infuriating

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cliff

The Russian about to reverse engineer it and use it against it adversaries.

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