U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson John Kirby announced the supply of cutting-edge Ghost combat drones to Ukraine, at a press conference on Apr. 21, Voice of America reports. They are “very nicely suited” for future hostilities in the Donbas, he noted.
According to Kirby, Ghost drones "are attuned to Ukrainian requirements in eastern Ukraine.” However, he refused to go into details.
Little is known about the new drones, including their range and precise technical characteristics.
According to Kirby, they are intended mainly for tactical operations, such as attacking combat targets, although they can also be used to monitor enemy positions.
He added that learning how to manipulate Ghost drones would be similar to working with the Switchblade drones already in service with Ukraine’s Armed Forces. At the same time, Kirby also declined to elaborate on training plans and did not specify how many Ukrainians will undergo this training.
Ghost drones were designed by the U.S. Air Force for military use, and are disposable and self-destruct after a single use - hence their moniker of “ghosts.”
This announcement comes U.S. President Joe Biden announced a new $800 million military aid package to Ukraine that same day:
- 72 155-mm longe-range howitzers and 144,000 rounds of ammunition;
- 72 tactical vehicles for towing howitzers;
- over 121 Phoenix Ghost tactical drones;
- field equipment and spare parts.