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Russia uses Iranian suicide drone Shahed-136 to strike Ukrainian armed forces

According to a picture released by the Strategic Communications Directorate of the Ukrainian armed forces on September 13, 2022, Russian forces deployed in Ukraine use Iranian-made suicide drones Shahed-136 to conduct combat operations against the Ukrainian army.
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The wreckage of the Iranian-made suicide drone Shahed-136 used by the Russian armed forces to strike the Ukrainian army. (Picture source Ukrainian armed forces)

Citing a source from CNN, in recent weeks, Russia has reportedly shown its intention to acquire Iranian-made drones and is busy training on this type of drone. US Government has also said that over the past few weeks, Russian representatives have conducted training in Iran as part of an agreement to transfer unmanned aerial vehicles from Iran to Russia.

The U.S. Government added that Iran could supply Shahed-191 and Shahed-129 able to carry guided missiles.

The Ukrainian armed forces have published a picture showing the wreckage of an Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone after a strike on September 15, 2022.

In July 2022, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced that Iran planned to deliver drones to Russia which are able to carry weapons including guided missiles.

The Shahed-136 is a loitering or suicide drone fully developed and manufactured by the Iranian defense industry. It was unveiled in December 2021 during a video report of Iranian TV.

Citing technical information published by the Iranian defense industry, the Shahed-136 has a length of 3.5 m, a wingspan of 2.5 m, and a weight of 200 kg. The drone is equipped with an explosive warhead and can fly at a range of up to 2,500 km at a maximum speed of 185 km/h.

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