The Russian military is rebuilding and disguising Iranian-made drones with Russian military markings for use in the war in Ukraine, according to a new report from the Institute for the Study of War.
“The Main Directorate of Military Intelligence of Ukraine (GUR) reported on November 1 that Iranian officials intended to send a shipment of more than 200 Shahed-136, Mohajer-6 and Arash-2 combat drones to Russia” , said the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said Tuesday in an assessment of the Russian offensive campaign. “The GUR reported that Iran will send the drones to Russia in a disassembled state and Russian personnel will assemble them with Russian markings.”
As the report states, on Tuesday Ukraine’s Main Military Intelligence Directorate said that early this month Russia is expected to receive hundreds of new drones from Iran. “The drones will arrive in a disassembled state. In the future, on the territory of the Russian Federation, they will be collected, repainted and applied with Russian markings, in particular “Geranium-2”, “said the Main Directorate of the Ukrainian military intelligence.
The report by ISW and Ukraine’s Main Military Intelligence Directorate comes amid the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian officials have repeatedly claimed that the Russian military used Iranian-made drones, while claiming that they shot down hundreds.
Last month, Ukraine also announced that in addition to the Shahed-136 drones, Iran was sending Russia Arash-2 drones, which the ISW said were “supposedly faster and more destructive.” “.
By speaking with Newsweek last month, Katherine Lawlor, Senior Intelligence Analyst at ISW, explained that: “The only reason it would be more effective than the Shahed-136 is if it can go much faster, if it can have some sort of stealth capability. I don’t have any evidence that it does, but the Iranians claimed it was faster and bigger.”
Lawlor also said Newsweek that during the current war, the Russian military has shown that its use of drones is “to achieve a terror effect on Ukrainian civilians…not to achieve a drastic change on the battlefield”.
The most recent ISW report also said that since Ukraine began accusing Russia of using Iranian-made drones in September, defense forces have ‘downed more than 300 Shahed-136 drones’. .
However, Iran continued to deny reports that it supplied military equipment to Russia. In a statement in October, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said the accusations were “baseless”.
Newsweek contacted the SIE and the Russian Foreign Ministry for comments.