After an urgent request earlier this year, US special forces were just given 350 kamikaze drone missiles to help fight ISIS in Iraq, Defense One reported.
The drones, called Switchblades, are fired from bazooka-like launchers and have cameras and a cursor-on-target GPS navigation. They can stay airborne for approximately 15 minutes and at speeds up to 100 MPH.
AeroVironment, which makes the Switchblades, describes them as a “miniature flying lethal missile” that can be “operated manually or autonomously.”
Special ops forces, whose presence and role in places like Iraq and Syria have steadily grown, say they need newer and bigger drone missiles to blow up bigger targets and quickly hit non-state enemies like ISIS.