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Phoenix Ghost Drone Could Be a Major Problem for Russia in Ukraine

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Switchblade drone. Image Credit: Industry handout.

U.S. Agrees to Make “Phoenix Ghost” Drone for Ukraine – A senior defense official told reporters on Thursday that as part of the latest $800 million aid package for Ukraine, the United States Air Force will provide a custom-designed drone for Ukraine named the Phoenix Ghost.

The never-before-revealed new tactical drone has been modified to meet Ukraine’s very specific needs, and will be delivered in the coming weeks as Ukraine continues to fend off Russian troops in the east. 121 of the new unmanned aerial systems, manufactured by AEVEX Aerospace, will be delivered to the country.

“The Phoenix Ghost is…this was rapidly developed by the Air Force in response, specifically, to Ukrainian requirements,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “This is a great example of adapting to their needs in real-time.”

What is the Phoenix Ghost?

The Phoenix Ghost is a tactical unmanned aerial system, meaning that it will not only be ideal for surveillance use but can also be used to strike Russian troops and military equipment from the air. It will allow Ukrainian soldiers to deliver payloads to Russian-held territories in the east of the country and potentially prevent further encroachment through the Donbas area.

We do know that the drone was developed quickly, but information about the specific features baked into the device at the request of Ukrainian military officials has not been revealed. 

Fox News reports that a senior defense official said the drone design was “based on talking to the Ukrainians about what they need.”

“It’s very much tied to the fight that they’re in, in the Donbas and what that region, from a terrain perspective, portends for the use of force,” the official said. 

The new drone, according to Thursday’s announcement, will require minimal instruction. The United States will work with the Ukrainian military to ensure that all troops are up to speed with how to use the unmanned aerial system.

It’s possible that the drone could be similar to the popular Switchblade drones, which have not only been delivered to Ukraine by the United States in large numbers, but with which Ukrainian soldiers are already familiar. Ukrainian troops who were present in the United States before the outbreak of the war have been trained to use the Switchblades.

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Switchblade drone. Image Credit: Industry handout.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.



  1. sprinter

    April 22, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    The ghost drone will be the scariest demon to the invading russians. It is like the difference between an off the peg suit and a custom made suit. The demon ghost drone has been specifically designed for the terrain that the foolish Russian invaders have ventured. The very nature of a ghost is being g ephemeral and difficult to see, so the ghost drone will create mayhem and panic so the invaders will regret infringing g the territorial borders of noble and honourable ukraine.

  2. Alex

    April 23, 2022 at 9:33 am

    And here is a new toy for the militia of Donbass. They are waiting impatiently.

  3. CK

    April 26, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Alex, the only toys you should worry about are the ones Sveta keeps under your bed.

    With your performance, there and here, you are dangerously close to being replaced! Don’t lose this job man, you can’t fuck this up!

  4. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 9:25 am

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the Western public. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

    Lend-lease is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole.

  5. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Ah, I see your tactic. You add a little shitty first paragraph so it doesn’t detect your duplicate post. Is this what it has come to now, you just posting the same exact post 2, 3, 4, 5 times per article?

    Wow, did they run out of paper in Russia, Alex? You guys can’t print new material? Literally using the same lines, over and over again, and now in duplicate in every post!

    Are you so defeated you can’t even come up with anything new? How sad. Now the idiot is talking about lend-lease at the end of his post, because he literally just copy + pasted it from another thread, with zero relevance to this one.

    Here’s a reminder:

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

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