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Iran joins Putin’s war and are to send ‘several hundred unmanned aerial vehicles, including weapons-capable UAVs’

by LLB political Reporter
12th Jul 22 11:32 am

Iran are to join Vladimir Putin’s “special operation” in Ukraine by sending “several hundred unmanned aerial vehicles, including weapons.”

Sanctions imposed by the West on Moscow has hit them hard which has left Putin unable to replenish his weaponry stocks.

Tehran will send Iranian UAV operatives to provide training to Russian troops so that they can use them in Ukraine.

Michael Kofman, a research program director in the Russia Studies Program at the Centre for Naval Analyses said that Putin’s troops will be trained quickly to use the “combat drones.”

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He added, “Russian forces have been losing reconnaissance drones in large numbers.

“Their own production capacity for armed drones is still nascent.

“They may be interested in Iranian loitering munitions or combat drones.

“This is one area where Iran may have more capacity.”

Speaking at a White House briefing, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said, “Our information indicates that the Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred unmanned aerial vehicles, including weapons-capable UAVs on an expedited timeline.

“It’s unclear whether Iran has delivered any of these UAVs to Russia already.”

Sullivan added, “This is just one example of how Russia is looking to countries like Iran for capabilities that … have been used before we got the ceasefire in place in Yemen to attack Saudi Arabia.

“We will continue to do our part to help sustain the effective defence of Ukraine and to help the Ukrainians show that the Russian effort to try to wipe Ukraine off the map cannot succeed.”

Speaking of the training involved, Michael Kofman, a research program director in the Russia Studies Program at the Centre for Naval Analyses, said the training could be provided quickly.

He said: “Russian forces have been losing reconnaissance drones in large numbers.

“Their own production capacity for armed drones is still nascent.

“They may be interested in Iranian loitering munitions or combat drones.

“This is one area where Iran may have more capacity.”

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