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Iranian UAV transfers expose depletion of Russian arms

21st September 2022 - 14:48 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast


Wreckage of an Iranian Shahed-136 UAV operated by Russian forces in Ukraine. (Photo: Ukrainian MoD)

A defence analyst claims that Russia's move to acquire and deploy Iranian UAV's in Ukraine tells of wider weapons supply issues and a depletion of stocks.

The acquisition of Iranian UAVs by Russia is ‘clearly motivated’ by Moscow’s weapons supply issues and depletion of arms, according to a leading military UAV analyst.

James Rogers, assistant professor in war studies at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study, told Shephard that the UAV shipments were ‘significant’ and a sign of ‘growing economic partnership’ between the two countries in the face of international sanctions.

Reports of the shipments by Iran in support of Russia’s war in Ukraine first emerged in August with aircraft wreckage widely shared on social media since showing Shahed-136 loitering munitions being rebranded by Russian

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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