Russia Building Iranian Developed Drones

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1st Lieutenant
May 30, 2011
Cape Canaveral
Who would have thought the Russians would have to build drones developed by a country like Iran?

From Aviation Week/Tony Osbourne
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Russia has begun using domestically produced versions of Iran's Shahed one-way attack (OWA) uncrewed air systems (UAS), independent researchers and the UK Defense Ministry have stated.

Thousands of Iranian-supplied delta-winged Shahed-136 air systems have been imported by Russia and used as part of its ongoing offensive in Ukraine since September 2022, but now it seems Russia is seeking a level of self-sufficiency in the capability.

Often launched in salvoes, the low-cost system has not only been used to strike targets, but also as a means to draw out and use up Ukraine's stocks of ground-based air defense weaponry.

According to the UK Defense Ministry, indigenous manufacture will allow Russia to "establish a more reliable supply" of the OWA-UAS.

Currently, production relies on components and systems from Iran shipped via the Caspian Sea, but Russia is aiming for self-sufficiency in production, the UK ministry says.

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