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US more than doubling its commitment of Phoenix Ghost kamikaze drones to Ukraine

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The United States has committed to sending an additional 1,100 Phoenix Ghost loitering munitions to Ukraine as part of a new $400 million security assistance package.

Air Force secretary tight-lipped about new Phoenix Ghost suicide drone

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The American-made Phoenix Ghost loitering munition is being used to great effect in the Ukraine-Russia war, U.S. officials say, but the head of the service that developed the weapon is being tight-lipped about its capabilities and the Pentagon’s plans for employing the system for its own use. The Department of Defense is keen on acquiring new loitering munitions — also known as suicide drones, kamikaze drones or tactical unmanned aerial…

Marine Corps commandant gung-ho about loitering munitions

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The Marine Corps’ top officer sees loitering munitions as a key capability for the future force as the military service aims to boost the lethality and reconnaissance capabilities of its small units. Loitering munitions, also known as kamikaze drones or suicide drones, are primarily designed to go on one-way missions where they fly around until they find a target and then crash into it to destroy it. Equipped with sensors,…

New Phoenix Ghost drone was ‘Big Safari’ project

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The new Phoenix Ghost suicide drone that the U.S. is supplying to Ukraine was a project overseen by a secretive Air Force office known as Big Safari, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer revealed Friday. The Biden administration on April 21 publicly revealed the system’s existence when it announced that it planned to send more than 120 of them to Ukraine as part of a broader security assistance package. The research-and-development…

White House wants $550M for new critical munitions acquisition fund

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President Biden is asking lawmakers for $550 million to establish a new Critical Munitions Acquisition Fund plus billions of dollars to replenish U.S. military stocks in the wake of multiple security assistance packages for Ukraine. The initiative is part of a broader request for $33 billion in supplemental funding request for security, economic and humanitarian aid that the White House submitted to Congress Thursday. The $550 million would help to…

Biden sending new drones to Ukraine

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The United States will send additional tactical drones to Ukraine to aid in the nation’s fight against Russia, President Biden announced Thursday. The unmanned aerial vehicles are part of a new $800 million security assistance package that includes other military equipment such as heavy artillery, dozens of howitzers, and 144,000 rounds of ammunition. More than 120 Phoenix Ghost tactical UAVs will be part of the package, according to a Pentagon…