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Russia begins using domestically-made Shahed UAVs against Ukraine – CAR

Sunday, 13 August 2023, 02:31
Russia begins using domestically-made Shahed UAVs against Ukraine – CAR

Russia has begun to produce and use its own version of the Iranian Shahed kamikaze drones for attacks on Ukraine. Analysts from the independent British research group Conflict Armament Research (CAR) have come to this conclusion after studying drones downed by the Ukrainian military.

Source: CAR report

Details: CAR experts examined two drones that were shot down in Ukraine's south.

The report notes that the drones looked like the Iranian Shahed-136s, but experts discovered  electronic modules that the Russian Federation is using to build its own reconnaissance UAVs.

CAR believes that the downed Geran-2 drones were made in the Russian Federation, not in Iran. It is noted that the body designs and internal modules in these drones – in particular, those used for navigation – have significant differences from Iranian drones.

The study emphasises that these drones, as well as the Iranian Shaheds, are almost entirely made of components made outside the Russian Federation.

Experts have identified about 100 components in more than 30 modules in the downed drones. Their producers turned out to be 22 companies from 7 countries, including the Russian Federation.

Most of the components were produced by companies with headquarters in China, Switzerland and the USA, and 12 components were produced after the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, CAR researchers found.

Reminder: In June, the USA showed evidence that a plant for the production of Iranian drones is being built in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan.

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