U.S. to send Ukraine secret ‘suicide drones’ to attack exposed Russian forces

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the U.S. is in the process of sending Ukraine up to 100 small “suicide drones” it can use to attack Russian troops, which are currently exposed after regrouping near the city. 

The drones are made to sit in the sky nearby a target, looking for suspicious behavior, and then fly into the target, causing an explosion. They are small and can be nearly impossible to target when cloud cover is considerable.

The Phoenix Ghost drones were designed by the Army and manufactured by Aevex Aerospace.

“The vehicle’s specific size, shape, payloads, and capabilities haven’t be disclosed. Nor has any one explained the origin of the drone’s name, the Tribune said.

Weapons for Ukraine

The drone was developed specifically for Ukraine, CNN reported last week.

It “may now be the second classified weapons system the U.S. is giving Ukraine,” Barbara Starr said last week.

“The United States alone already has promised [Ukraine President Volodymyr] Zelensky nearly 190,000 artillery rounds, plus 90 howitzers to fire them,” The Washington Post reported.

“As of Thursday, more than half had arrived in Ukraine, said a senior U.S. defense official who, like some others, spoke on the condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the administration, the Post continued.”

Will Putin retaliate?

Putin has said that offering Ukraine direct aid will result in “severe”  and unforeseen consequences, leading some to think he was referencing the use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine and/or the U.S.

Such a move would draw the U.S. fully into the war, and it seems clear that the U.S. military would be superior and could drive Russia out of Ukraine if necessary.

But the use of nukes could also draw other nations into the fight, which would then upset the status quo further.

Russia has made no comment about U.S. weapons given to Ukraine so far, but it is hard to know what might be going through Putin’s head and how he might retaliate at some point.

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