Published details of the use of Iranian drones against the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Russian troops in the course of the Ukrainian special operation use Iranian combat drones. This, in particular, writes the American newspaper The New York Times, based on the data of eyewitnesses from the Ukrainian side.

A senior UAF military official told the publication that the remains of a Shahed-136 drone were found during a counteroffensive in the country's northeastern regions earlier this month. The drone carries a warhead weighing about 80 pounds (just over 36 kg). Its appearance in Ukraine was the debut of the use of UAVs outside the Middle East.

An Iranian drone easily destroyed an American M777 howitzer supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Rodion Kulagin said in an interview with the newspaper. According to him, the drone tore this weapon in half.

The appearance of the Shahed-136 in service with the allied forces prompted Kulagin to appeal to Ukraine's Western "partners" with a call to provide defense or provide the Ukrainian side with similar weapons to strike back.

The Shahed-136 is a delta-wing drone launched from the back of a flatbed truck. According to eyewitnesses, the drone falls from the sky without warning. The UAV is accurate enough to destroy a self-propelled howitzer and cause secondary explosions. At the same time, after detonation, practically nothing remains from the drone.

Meanwhile, it is still unclear exactly how many Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles are at the disposal of the RF Armed Forces. United States National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in July that Moscow intends to buy several hundred combat drones of various types from Tehran.

NYT sources report that the Shahed-136 drones have so far been deployed only in northeastern Ukraine. The first successful strike on the M777 howitzer was carried out near Chuguev in August, even before the start of the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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  1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 19 September 2022 11: 44
    What can I say, it’s good that Iran helped with drones, and after all, drones have been developed in the Russian Federation for decades, except for exhibition models and work on samples for a decade, nothing has changed, there are still no sufficient mass receipts in the RF Armed Forces .... And who carries responsibility for such failures - the head of the RF Ministry of Defense is responsible for everything with weapons, and such "long-term construction", with Armata, the Coalition, the Warrior, etc., cannot be counted. So for such a thing in wartime, at best, for long periods, and with corruption, it drags up to life ...
    1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
      rotkiv04 (Victor) 19 September 2022 12: 13
      well, maybe so that you don’t have to put your (e) effective managers against the wall for cutting the dough, the main manager doesn’t declare martial law
      1. Mobius Offline Mobius
        Mobius 19 September 2022 19: 45
        Quote: rotkiv04
        well, maybe so that you don’t have to put your (e) effective managers against the wall for cutting the dough, the main manager doesn’t declare martial law

        Yes, what a "wall" ...
        The chief manager made it clear a long time ago that for his own (and a raven for a raven ...) it’s not the 37th year ...
    2. Luca Chrome Offline Luca Chrome
      Luca Chrome (Peter) 20 September 2022 08: 37
      A warrior in the army in general.
  2. Paul3390 Offline Paul3390
    Paul3390 (Paul) 19 September 2022 12: 00
    From the looks of it, the shahed-136 is a fairly simple battery-operated device with an electric motor and an IR aiming head. There is nothing outstanding in the glider either. I really do not understand - why are we not able to do the same ?? Unless, of course, it is true that "Geranium-2" is shahed-136 ..
    1. Pacer Online Pacer
      Pacer (Pacer) 19 September 2022 13: 22
      shahed-136 is a fairly simple battery-operated device with an electric motor and an IR aiming head

      Nifiga yourself simple! laughing
      Here we love to invent all sorts of garbage ... sad

      The drone has a length of 3,5 meters, a wingspan of 2,5 meters and a weight of about 200 kg. The Iranians claim a flight range of up to 2,5 thousand km.
      The machine is equipped with a 50-horsepower MD 550 engine. This is a common civilian engine model that can be purchased from AliExpress.

      Warhead weight - 36kg.
      Launched from a container truck, lifted-tilted

    2. AndreyHmm Offline AndreyHmm
      AndreyHmm (Andrey Luzinov) 20 September 2022 13: 50
      There is a gasoline engine
  3. Nicu Offline Nicu
    Nicu (Nicu) 19 September 2022 12: 08
    It's okay, leave pride aside ... it's not a shame to use foreign weapons in addition to your own weapons, Ukraine uses 100% foreign weapons!
    1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
      sgrabik (Sergei) 19 September 2022 13: 09
      I agree, but this is still a forced and temporary decision, it should not replace the speedy establishment of large-scale production and the development of the production of our modern domestic UAVs of various types, which are so urgently needed for our army.
      1. Semyon Sukhov Offline Semyon Sukhov
        Semyon Sukhov (Semyon Sukhov) 20 September 2022 17: 08
        A country with such a population does not have the ability to produce everything from nails to video-photo junk. tape recorders and spaceships, the entire range of weapons ... This is economically impossible ... After all, they will run to buy a Korean smartphone for a dollar piece, and not a Russian one for two or three ... So, weapons and household appliances can and should be purchased abroad, and there will always be those who want to sell ...
  4. ChopChop Offline ChopChop
    ChopChop 19 September 2022 16: 57
    Judging by the shelling of Donetsk, they are not there, from the word in general.
    1. Mobius Offline Mobius
      Mobius 19 September 2022 19: 52
      Quote from ChopChop
      Judging by the shelling of Donetsk, they are not there, from the word in general.

      Friends from Donetsk say that during the recent shelling, 13 people were killed and many were wounded.
      They hit the square near the kiosk with shawarma, and next to the children's toy store.
      The body of the shawarma seller, mutilated by the explosion, was thrown out of the destroyed kiosk by 30 meters.
      1. Mobius Offline Mobius
        Mobius 19 September 2022 20: 50
        Quote: Möbius
        Friends from Donetsk tell

        And here Telegram pulled up:

        In the immediate vicinity of Donetsk, there is only one unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine that can carry out such shelling. This is the 53rd separate mechanized brigade named after Prince Vladimir Monomakh.

        In total, the 53rd Motorized Brigade received at least 18 French CAESAR self-propelled guns capable of firing both conventional 155 mm ammunition, BONUS and SPACIDO precision-guided projectiles, as well as American guided long-range M982 Excalibur projectiles.

        The CAESAR self-propelled gun battery, presumably, fired at the civilians of Donetsk from a point just west of the n. Novomikhay

        And it is obvious that there are no shock UAVs or kamikaze drones there.
        1. Monster_Fat Offline Monster_Fat
          Monster_Fat (What's the difference) 20 September 2022 07: 24
          At the VO, a whole chorus of patriots roared at the beginning of the special operation on the topic of the "inefficiency" of the "obsolete" Western weapons supplied to the Ukrainians and joyfully howled that the Russian army would throw hats on the Ukrainians. They threw ....
          1. Farit Gafiyatullin (Farhad Ga...lin) 20 September 2022 12: 47
            How to "throw" them if these bastards are hiding behind the backs of civilians?!
            Donetsk and Luhansk residents especially dear to us...
            Just don't mention the NATO carpet bombing...
  5. doc8673 Offline doc8673
    doc8673 (Vyacheslav) 19 September 2022 20: 07
    36 kg of sweets for the APU ......... laughing
  6. Farit Gafiyatullin (Farhad Ga...lin) 20 September 2022 12: 44
    And what, - Iran without five minutes is a member of the BRICS
    Again, excellent advertising for your drones and a great way to test them in combat. And in general, can they arm themselves, but we can’t?
  7. Viktor fm Offline Viktor fm
    Viktor fm (Victor) 21 September 2022 08: 52
    Nothing in the Russian army ever changes - as always, it is going to war for a long time.
  8. hlp5118 Offline hlp5118
    hlp5118 (hlp) 21 September 2022 13: 48
    Here the other day they showed Iranian cars (based on PEUGEOT) that will enter our market. The most stuffed will cost 800 thousand rubles. Around the stupid are placed in all posts.
  9. wladimirjankov Offline wladimirjankov
    wladimirjankov (Vladimir Yankov) 21 September 2022 18: 23
    36 kg of explosives is serious. This is not a crooked lancet or KUB with their 3 kg of explosives. The Bandera people do not pay attention to them, especially since there are very few of them.