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Russia attempting to upgrade Iranian-made attack drones – UK intelligence

Wednesday, 6 December 2023, 12:50
Russia attempting to upgrade Iranian-made attack drones – UK intelligence
photo: the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Russia is attempting to upgrade the Iranian-made Shahed attack drones it uses to attack targets in Ukraine based on its operational experience, UK intelligence has stated.

Source: UK Defence Intelligence update on 6 December, cited by European Pravda

Details: According to the UK’s Defence Intelligence, the Russian Federation may have augmented Iranian-made drones with weapons manufactured at its factories.

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Citing data from late November, they said a Ukrainian SIM card and a 4G modem had been found in a downed Shahed drone.

UK intelligence stated that in this way, Russia is trying to improve real-time guidance using cell towers to reduce dependence on satellite navigation.

This could also be an attempt to mitigate Ukraine's electronic warfare capabilities.

Some other Russian-made attack drones have been painted black, making them difficult to detect visually at night.

Background: In their previous update, UK Defence Intelligence reported on the battle for Marinka in Donetsk Oblast.

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