The American company “Kratos” has demonstrated the ability of an unmanned aircraft Airwolf to launch from the air the flying ammunition AeroVironment Switchblade, also known as “kamikaze drone”.
The Air Wolf tactical jet drone of the American company Kratos launched the Switchblade loitering ammunition in flight. This combination will significantly increase the range of the “kamikaze drone” and it will be able to penetrate deeper into enemy territory.
The tests have shown new possibilities for the operational use of Airwolf. In the past, the company has provided very little information about this drone, the smallest of its publicly disclosed tactical designs.
During testing, the Switchblade was operated by the operator. He provided feedback via a data link to the Air Wolf. The technical characteristics of the drone have not yet been disclosed. However, it is known that the combination with Switchblade can significantly increase the range of loitering ammunition – much more than the standard 10 kilometers.
Steve Fendley, president of Kratos’ Unmanned Systems Division, confirmed to The War Zone that the Switchblade was tested “months ago” on the sidelines of the Air Force Association’s annual air, space and cyberspace conference. He also provided other details about the Airwolf, which was also called the Tactical Firejet in the past. So, it is known that now the company is “working under a contract” for the supply of Airwolfs for “different clients” – which ones, it is not disclosed.