The Phoenix Ghost UAVs will “nicely suit” Kiev’s needs in fighting Russia, the Pentagon says
According to the Pentagon, on Thursday, the US would send new Phoenix Ghost combat drones from its fleet of aircraft to Ukraine. After Russia’s military attack on the country late February, NATO nations have increased their support for Kiev.
Drone was “rapidly developed by the Air Force in response specifically to Ukrainian requirements,”John Kirby, spokesperson for the US Defense Department told journalists at a regular media briefing. “In discussions with the Ukrainians about their requirements, we believed that this particular system would very nicely suit their needs, particularly in eastern Ukraine.”
Kirby stated that the Phoenix Ghost was a bit like the Switchblade kamikaze helicopters Washington promised to Kiev. The drone can be controlled by a smartphone. “designed for tactical operations,”They can also be used to monitor, “its principal focus is attack,”The spokesman stated that.
“We see the benefit right now – in the moment – for Ukraine to use it. And so we’re going to provide some of them.”
AEVEX Aerospace, the California-based company behind the project, refused to comment on Kirby’s statement to the media.
NATO allies and the US have supplied Ukraine with various weapons including anti-tank missile and anti-aircraft systems as well as armored vehicles. Denys Symyhal, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, visited the US Thursday to meet with Lloyd Austin, Defense Secretary.
Austin reiterated Washington’s “sheer determination”To help Kiev resist the Russian invasion. This statement was made after US officials announced additional military assistance to Ukraine of $800 million.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German protocols that were negotiated by the French helped to grant the regions of breakaway special status in the Ukrainian government.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
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