Switchblade's Success in Ukraine

April 12, 2024

As the war in Ukraine has highlighted, not all drones are created equal. Not all drone companies are created equal either. AeroVironment (AV) has a proud 50+ year track record of providing combat-effective unmanned systems to U.S. and allied forces around the world. As such, AV should not have been included in the Wall Street Journal article entitled, “How American Drones Failed to Turn the Tide in Ukraine.”

Currently, thousands of AV unmanned systems, including Switchblades, are employed in Ukraine, successfully operating in the most demanding electronic warfare conditions, and effectively completing their missions. We have been gratified by overwhelming user feedback and demand for additional systems. AV solutions, employed by trained warfighters, are having positive effects on this highly complex battlefield.

AV’s most recent awards to provide Switchblades to both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps highlight AV’s continued partnership and inherent trust to support the country’s warfighters with precision strike systems. My pledge is that AV will continue to advance the state of the art and provide the best tools to U.S. servicemembers and in defense of American allies' sovereignty.

–Wahid Nawabi