First shipment of hundreds of combat drones from Iran arrives in Russia
Russia has received hundreds of Iranian drones that could be used in the ukrainian war although US warnings to Tehran not to sell them a business that complicates the negotiations of the nuclear agreement with the Persian regime.
The first shipment was shipped across the Caspian Sea to be delivered in Astrakhan and Volgograd. And it is that Russian troops are experiencing severe supply shortages in Ukrainein part due to sanctions and export controls, forcing Russia to rely on countries like Iran for supplies and equipment.
Nevertheless, spy agencies of the United States and other countries they have obtained intelligence suggesting that the Russians are dissatisfied with the performance of the drones and that the delivery has been plagued by major technical glitches in early tests.
A person who works in the field of security for an allied country whose government has closely followed the agreement said there were “some holes in the system” and that the Russians “are not satisfied.” Under anonymity, the official revealed the secret information.
It is unknown whether Moscow has started using the drones against Ukrainian targets.but these drones appear to be in good condition and ready to use, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to touch sensitive intelligence data.
This shipment represents the latest indication of what appears to be closer military cooperation between the two allied nations.
Furthermore, it also revealsn the warnings of the critics of the current negotiations for Iran to resume its compliance with the 2015 nuclear pact that the United States withdrew from in 2018. A deal for Tehran and Washington to return to the pact is inching forward, which would give the Iranian government billions of dollars in nuclear relief. sanctions in exchange for ending its nuclear program.
Those who oppose the deal say lifting sanctions on Tehran It could allow Russia to strengthen its military in Ukraine and evade sanctions imposed on it after launching its invasion last February by funneling oil and other goods through Iran.
“The Washington Post” was the first media to report on the arrival of drones to the war in Ukraine. The two types of drones provided to Russia are the Mohajer-6 and Shahed series. Iranian-made. Russian operators are receiving drone training in Iran.
The Mohajer-6 has the ability to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance missions, and the series Shahed it is considered one of the most important Iranian military drones, according to comments made by the Iranian Army to local media.
Iran is a pioneer in drone technologywith at least four decades of design and manufacturing experience, and has been providing combat drones to military groups and proxy militias in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza.