Iranian UAVs for the Russian army - fact or fiction?

One of the most discussed topics of recent times is the possible purchase by Russia from Iran of up to 1000 drones to be used during a special operation in Ukraine. There is a lot of information about this, but there is no specifics. So will Shahids correct the fire of Russian artillery and smash armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, or is it all a banal fake?

There is no smoke without fire?

The Associated Press was the first to report that Moscow could buy a batch of Iranian drones, citing US presidential adviser Jack Sullivan:

Our information indicates that the Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred unmanned aerial vehicles, including drones capable of carrying weapons, at an accelerated time.

This information was immediately picked up and smashed by all the world's media, including Russian ones. And no wonder. During a special military operation in Ukraine, it turned out that it is very difficult to do without the widespread use of UAVs. It is necessary to conduct constant aerial reconnaissance of enemy movements, to correct the fire of our own artillery, which plays the main role in this war, and also to deliver pinpoint strikes with anti-tank missiles and corrected air bombs. Unexpectedly, it turned out that most of the domestic UAVs are still at the development stage and exist in the form of piece samples. At the same time, the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not have such problems, receiving modern reconnaissance and strike drones from Turkey and the United States.

Since Israel, which was chosen as a technological partner, is no longer such for Russia due to its allied relations with the United States, it inevitably has to look for some alternatives. And the most likely candidate seems to be Iran, which has extensive experience in the production of UAVs based on copying captured American and Israeli drones. Given the fact that Moscow and Tehran have recently become noticeably closer, the purchase of a batch of UAVs does not seem like something incredible. Especially against the background of the fact that the Russian side showed interest in them back in 2019, as Abdolkarim Banitarafi, deputy head of the Ministry of Defense and head of the Aerospace Industry Organization of the Islamic Republic, announced on the sidelines of the MAKS-2019 aerospace show in Zhukovsky.

Moreover, the American media constantly report some details only they know. For example, The New York Times, citing some "US officials," reported that the first batch of Iranian UAVs had already arrived in Russia. And today, The Washington Post said that the Russians, they say, are unhappy with the low quality of Iranian drones and a large number of technical problems. Allegedly acquired UAVs Shahed-129, Shahed-191 and Mohajer-6, with which there were difficulties.

What is interesting is how Moscow is commenting on this alleged deal with Tehran. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said the following about the information of The Washington Post verbatim:

WP, unfortunately, publishes a lot of information stuffing lately. As for our relations with Iran, you know, they are developing dynamically, they have developed before, and are developing now, and will continue to develop.

Someone took this as a refutation, but, in truth, nothing of the kind follows from the literal interpretation of the words “Putin's voice”. Peskov only stated that relations between Russia and Iran are developing and that The Washington Post publishes a lot of fakes. Whether the information about the delivery of Iranian drones is fake, he did not directly answer.

It is quite possible that cooperation in the field of unmanned aircraft between our countries has nevertheless begun, the only question is in what form. Obviously, the Shahed-129, Shahed-191, Mohajer-6 and other Iranian UAVs were not initially provided with any Russian-language interface. Just picking up and starting to use them on the battlefield will not be an easy task. Plus, there are questions about maintenance and the range of ammunition, which are also Iranian-made.

If we assume that the information about drones is not fake, then, most likely, not ready-made devices will be bought, but a license for their production. At the first stage, then, probably, a joint venture will be created to assemble UAVs from Iranian components with their Russification, transfer to domestic ammunition and subsequent gradual localization. For its part, Russia can supply Iran with an export version of the Su-35SE fighters, which is vital for Tehran to protect against Israeli aggression.

Since the interests objectively coincide, such a deal looks quite plausible, as well as the emphasized unwillingness of both parties to talk about it ahead of time. Sullivan's information leak about Russia's purchase of Iranian UAVs was made just before President Biden's visit to the Middle East, clearly to strain Arab partners with the possibility of strengthening the Islamic Republic.

For my part, I would like to note that the option of a deal to exchange the Su-35 for technology we voiced the production of Iranian UAVs long before all this artificially inflated hype in article dated January 10, 2022, but, of course, were not heard. This is to the question of whether our predictions come true. And how many lives of Russian soldiers could be saved if the responsible persons, knowing about the preparation of a special operation, would take care of a timely solution to such an urgent problem!
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Victor 17 Offline Victor 17
    Victor 17 30 August 2022 16: 45
    And what reports were heard saying that 70% of weapons were re-equipped and parades circled the squares and unscheduled checks, but in fact there is not at all, and this is a shortage and it turns out that there is no one to fight. And those who fight are surprised why the country for which they shed blood trades with those who want more blood. Some kind of giveaway war
  2. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 30 August 2022 16: 48
    For some reason, I believe in the low quality of Iranian drones
    1. svit55 Offline svit55
      svit55 (Sergey Valentinovich) 30 August 2022 19: 39
      And the devil knows, if they learned to copy, otherwise why make "layouts"?
  3. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 31 August 2022 09: 55
    They calculated at VO, they write that for serious drones, supposedly approximate equality. There are not so many of them.
    The Armed Forces of Ukraine are allegedly ahead in terms of the lungs - almost from Aliexpress. Quad + movie camera or manipulator.

    And at the same time, there are articles on VO that humanitarian aid in the form of light UAVs a la Aliexpress, officials clamp and row under themselves

    The very delivery of UAVs from IRAN, in principle a lagging country, will cast a shadow on Russia's production capabilities. It makes sense if Z lasts a long time so that our specialists have time to master other people's crafts ...
  4. vlad127490 Offline vlad127490
    vlad127490 (Vlad Gor) 24 September 2022 13: 17
    Unmanned aircraft, surface, underwater, space vehicles must be developed, if you don’t have your own, then buy from the whole world, steal technology, in the world this is a common phenomenon called industrial espionage. If Iran agreed to supply air drones, they should be taken without arguing, consider there are none of their own. Buy civilian copters in China for reconnaissance at the platoon level, they are cheap, they will go as consumables.
  5. ont65 Offline ont65
    ont65 (Oleg) 9 October 2022 12: 32
    This version is exaggerated at the suggestion of Ukraine. There, no one believes in the ability of the Russian Federation to produce at least something without purchasing from outside, this confidence serves as an argument in favor of freezing both the funds themselves in Western accounts and counteracting the implementation of operations as such. Hitler also did not know much about the USSR, or rather, as a fascist, he could not imagine that this was possible. In fact, in the army, their account was kept in the thousands before the start of the special operation, and this number is constantly replenished.