Russia has faced ‘failures’ with Iranian-made drones, says U.S. official


Moscow unhappy with early performance of advanced attack and stealth UAVs, reports Washington Post; delivery said marred by serious technical failures in early tests
An Iranian Shahed-129 combat drone in a screenshot. Future Military Technology on YouTube
According to US sources, Iran is said to have shipped the first batch of its locally produced combat drones to Russia for use by Russian forces in that nation’s ongoing conflict with the neighboring Ukraine.
According to a story published by the Washington Post on Monday, Russian cargo jets picked up the first batch of drones from an Iranian airbase earlier this month and flew out with two different kinds of UAVs.
The Russians are unhappy with the drone systems’ performance, according to intelligence acquired by US and other espionage agencies, and the delivery has been plagued by major technical faults in early tests.

Officials from the Biden administration separately confirmed to the Associated Press that Russian personnel are still receiving instruction in Iran on how to use these systems, which are capable of conducting air-to-surface assaults, electronic warfare, and targeting on the battlefield in Ukraine. The “many failures” of the drones were not described in detail.
Russian officials visited Kashan Airfield on June 8 and July 5 to examine the Iranian drones, according to satellite images that the Biden administration published last month. National security advisor for the White House Jake Sullivan claimed at the time that the administration had “knowledge that the Iranian government is prepared to give Russia with several hundred UAVs.”


Iran sends first shipment of drones to Russia for use in Ukraine

Iran gave Russia several robots, defying American warnings as the Ukraine war drags on, according to information from the United States a week ago.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine. Almost immediately, various international leaders voiced their concerns about a lack of defense and potential atrocities committed by his army. Partners of Ukraine, including the United States, have delivered potent weaponry that have assisted in deterring Russian forces from approaching the eastern part of the nation with the ultimate goal of supporting Ukraine’s protection efforts.
Last week, U.S. knowledge informed the Associated Press about the Iranian robots, stating that they were unsure if Russia had been using the robots but that they were suitable for use in the battle.
The alleged robot delivery shows that Russia and Iran are forging closer ties as Putin solidifies his position as untouchable among his European allies. However, it will also exacerbate the already strained relations between the United States and Iran. Earlier this year, the Ukrainian military received outfitted robots from the Turkish weapons manufacturer Baykar.
The arrangement of the new Iranian-supplied drones for Russia facing the Bayraktar TB2 is as follows.
Although it is unknown precisely which drones Iran handed Russia, CNN reported this month that Tehran showed Russia two different robot models in June, the Shahed-129 and the Shahed-191.


UK sends minehunter drones to Ukraine to clear way for grain exports

In an effort to release food supplies imprisoned during the Russian invasion, the UK is sending underwater drones to Ukraine to clean its coastline of mines.
In order to let the flow of grain to the rest of the world restart after exports from the nation called “Europe’s breadbasket” were badly halted, putting pressure on global prices, Ukrainian workers will receive training in Britain on how to use the six autonomous cars.
Moscow has been accused by the government of weaponizing food by damaging Ukrainian farmland and preventing exports by blocking the country’s Black Sea ports, which has had catastrophic effects for the world’s poorest citizens.

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