The Ukrainian media have recently shared photos of an UAV that was shot down by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Eastern Ukraine. The wreckage looked similar to the Iranian kamikaze drones Shahed-136.
The Russian kamikaze UAV “Geran-2” was reportedly shot down by the AFU air defence near the town of Kupyansk in the Kharkov region.
Ukrainian reporters supposed it was Iranian Shahed-136. Russian experts suppose that it may be a “Russified” Iranian drone, i.e. assembled in Russia in accordance to Iranian technologies. They also suppose that it was not shot down by Ukrainian forces but it probably hit the target, and the debris scattered in the Ukrainian positions.
The alleged transfer of a batch of Iranian UAVs to Russia has been reported by the intelligence services of the United States and European countries, a number of experts, including from the Middle East. Neither Moscow nor Tehran confirmed the reports. According to US intelligence service, Iran should transfer at least 300 UAVs to Russia, as well as provide training in their use. However, according to the reports, Iran should provide different UAV models, Shahed 129 and Shahed 191.
In turn, Tehran has previously claimed that it sell weapons to many countries, among which there is a “certain world power” confronting the United States.
The deployment of new Russian UAVs increased threat to the AFU on the front lines. M214 Geran-2s are capable of destroying military targets and infrastructure facilities in Ukraine.
“New barrage munitions pose a potential threat to Ukraine, their targets may be command centers, artillery, air defense, supply routes and other military targets,” Forbes wrote.
Similar Iranian Shahed-136 drone were dubbed the “Aramco Killer” in the Middle East.
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