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Ukraine fields 5,000 homegrown drones amid Iran's debut of advanced Shahed-238 UAV

24th November 2023 - 11:23 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


The Shahed-238 was developed based on the Shahed-136, which has been widely deployed by Russia during its invasion of Ukraine. (Photo: Iranian state media)

Amid escalating tensions and technological advancements in drone warfare, Ukraine has reinforced its front lines with a delivery of 5,000 indigenous drones, paralleled by Iran's revelation of the new jet-powered Shahed-238.

Ukraine has armed its forces with more than 5,000 homegrown drones, but Iran's unveiling of the Shahed-238 – an advanced iteration based on the widely deployed Shahed-136 – could pose challenges to Ukraine’s defence strategies.

In the latest demonstration of domestic UAV production capability, Ukraine has sent more than 2,000 homegrown drones to its forces, alongside 3,000 first-person view (FPV) crafts. As revealed by Ukraine Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov on X (formerly Twitter) last weekend, the 2,000 Ukraine-made drones from the state have been handed over to logistics forces.

‘The batch included “birds” exclusively of Ukrainian production. Among them are copters

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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