Bayraktar TB2, Switchblade, and The Punisher

Three Drones Ukraine Uses Against The Russians – Whether Attacking Enemy Tanks And Armored Vehicles, Assessing Bomb Damage, Or Creating Targeting Data For Friendly Artillery, Ukraine has successfully used drones.

The Ukrainian army has used unmanned systems that launch anti-tank missiles, carry bombs, or perform intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations.

 The collected video of successful combat strikes has been used on social media to show the world that Ukraine has mastered unmanned flight.

Let’s examine these drones more closely to discover how effective they are. Here are the top three UAVs used by Ukraine during the battle.

The first drone is the Bayraktar TB2, built by the Turkish defense corporation Baykar. Baykar, founded in 1986, employs 2,000 people and has produced hundreds of drones over the years.

 The TB2 medium-altitude, long-endurance combat drone has made Russia pay with numerous documented casualties. The TB2 ground station has two terminals to control the technology and a launch base.

The 21-foot-long TB2 can take off and land autonomously with a full avionics suite on board. It can fly between 18,000 and 25,000 feet for up to 27 hours. Its range is 185 miles. 

The TB2 has an autopilot feature – and the drone isn’t entirely dependent on GPS – it has its own sensors. It carries four Smart Micro Munition laser-guided missiles. It has a lower radar section allows it to sneak through Russian air defenses.

Switchblade suicide drones blast Russian targets.

The following drone is well-known for its “kamikaze” or suicide capabilities. It’s the aptly named Switchblade. Also called roving munitions, these tactical drones can be carried in backpacks and dropped into the air by soldiers.

 Two models have different missions. The “300” is smaller and intended for anti-personnel attacks, and the “600” is heavier, with larger warheads intended to eliminate tanks and armored vehicles.

These drones only take a few minutes to launch and can fly at least 100 miles per hour, and the Model 600 weighs only 50 pounds. It can attack targets 24 miles away and loiter for 40 minutes. 

The Switchblade is unique because its assault pattern can be canceled if no target is present. Targeting is done by GPS or can be controlled manually.

Local Punisher making his presence known.

Mid-sized Punisher drones are made in Ukraine and can take out three targets simultaneously. They harass and interdict Russian supply lines, ammunition and supply depots, and command and control centers. 

They can be launched after recovery and rearming to be back in the sky in seven minutes. It only flies at 44 miles per hour, but it could sneak behind enemy lines with a range of 29 miles. 

The Punisher operates at 1,300 feet altitude for three-hour missions with a 4.4-pound explosive payload. The Punisher fills a role between the larger TB2 and the smaller Switchblade.

 But the 7.5-foot-long Punisher has a downside. The system relies on another Specter drone to feed its targeting data, making it more complicated to execute.

However, after receiving the Spectre’s GPS location coordinates, it “shoots and forgets,” automatically continuing on its way to the enemy target.

The three-drone package is a winner.

The Ukrainians surprised the Russians with these three drones. The invaders entered the war with great confidence in their anti-aircraft capabilities.

 They failed to integrate mobile air defenses into the first armored columns, which made the choices for the TB2 in particular easier.

One Ukrainian approach is to destroy the lead and trailing tanks, then watch the convoy turn into a parking lot.

 The Russians woke up and adjusted the procedures. They start shooting down the Ukrainian drone Bayraktar. However, the defenders have dozens more on standby.

Additionally, the Switchblade fits nicely with its ability to loiter for the front lines while the Punisher can attack from the back. The three drones form an excellent aerial strategy.

The Russians were meant to be the cutting-edge of modern drone warfare, but the Ukrainians are proving that they, too, can play a winning hand.