October 5, 2022

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Iran delivered the first batch of two types of military drones to Russia this month as part of a larger order for hundreds of aerial combat machines, according to an Iranian adviser to the Iranian government and two US administration officials. Register.

U.S. officials said Russia could use Iranian-made drones to conduct airstrikes, conduct electronic warfare and identify targets in its war against Ukraine.

Iran has officially said it will not supply either side of the conflict with military equipment, but has confirmed that a drone deal with Russia was part of a pre-invasion military agreement in Ukraine.

In August, a Russian transport plane loaded drone equipment at an airfield in Iran and then flew to Russia, two U.S. officials said. But the first shipment of drones delivered from Iran has mechanical and technical problems.

The unmanned aircraft was dispatched and was previously informed of mechanical problems The Washington Post.

Iran’s military deal with Russia is part of a larger strategy by the Islamic Republic to pivot toward building strategic economic partnerships with China and defense partnerships with Russia.

President Donald J. from the nuclear deal. Analysts say the shift accelerated after Trump left and imposed tougher sanctions on Iran. European companies, fearing secondary U.S. sanctions, ended almost all business transactions and investments with Iran, prompting the country to look east and north.

“From Iran’s perspective, relations with the United States cannot be improved, and the Europeans are not powerful enough to protect Iranian interests,” said Sina Azodi, a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council, an international affairs research institute. “But Russia and China can help Iran confront the West.”

Russia, for its part, found out A welcome new ally in Iran To help avoid sanctions imposed by most of the world after its invasion of Ukraine. President Vladimir V. Putin visited Iran in July and met with the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior officials.

Two types of Iranian-made drones, the Mohajer-6 and the Shahed series, are being supplied to Russia. Russian operators are training on drones in Iran, according to an Iranian adviser and US officials familiar with the exchange.

The Mohajer-6 is capable of carrying out surveillance and reconnaissance missions, and the Shahed series is considered the most capable of Iran’s military drones, according to comments by the Iranian military to local news media.

Iran is a pioneer in drone technology, with at least four decades of design and manufacturing experience, and has been supplying combat drones to military groups and proxy militias in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza.

Officials in some Sunni Arab countries, such as Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia, have said increasingly anxious Iran’s advancing drone technology could destabilize the region and empower Iranian-backed militias.

In Shadow war between Iran and IsraelIranian drones have been involved in attacks on ships Targeting US military bases In Iraq and Syria. Israel has too attacked A secret facility believed to store hundreds of drones in western Iran.

Iran is quiet It increased its drone sales Beyond the region as it seeks to be a global player in the drone market. Iran has sold drones to Ethiopia, Sudan and Venezuela; In May, it inaugurated a joint drone manufacturing plant in Tajikistan.

The The US has issued a warning Russia has been planning to acquire drones from Iran since last month. The Russian military is experiencing severe supply shortages in Ukraine, with economic sanctions and export restrictions forcing Russia to rely on countries such as Iran for supplies and equipment.

The terms of the Iran-Russia drone deal were not immediately clear. Counsel for the government said the money had not yet been transferred.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei V. Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that he will travel to Moscow on Wednesday to meet Lavrov.