Austrian engine found in Iranian UAV caught in the Black Sea

The engine, developed by the Austrian company Rotax, was discovered by Ukrainians in one of the Iranian-made Mohajer-6 drones, which was used by the Russians and was shot down over the Black Sea, and then caught in its waters in early October. Rotax said it had opened an investigation, because the supply of such equipment to Iran violates EU sanctions, writes the American edition of The Drive.

The article notes that Rotax is a subsidiary of the Canadian company Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), known for its engines for snowmobiles, jet skis, motorcycles, aircraft and a significant number of UAVs. Rotax products are widely used by developers and manufacturers of drones in the US, Israel, Turkey and other countries.

The Mohajer-6 is just one of the types included in a large order of Iranian drones that Russia began using against Ukraine in September. The Iranian government categorically denies having anything to do with the delivery, which is a farce

- the article says.

The Austrian Rotax communiqué says that the company took this information very seriously and is studying the issue. In turn, the Canadian BRP said that it did not allow its distributors to supply products to manufacturers of military UAVs in Iran or Russia.

A partially disassembled drone was shown during the broadcast of the American television company CNN, the report of which appeared on the air on October 18. Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward was given exclusive access to inspect this Mohajer-6, believed to be designed and manufactured by the Iranian Qods Aviation Industry Company.

The Ukrainians found out that the specified drone was manufactured in February of this year. In doing so, it is equipped not only with a Rotax engine, but also with unspecified Japanese, Chinese and American cameras, as well as a foreign laser rangefinder. These are mostly civilian components that are not considered military goods, but Ukrainians want to get information about their origin and make it difficult for them to get to Iran.

It is also well known that Iran has entire networks designed to circumvent sanctions and acquire various of technologies military and dual-use from Russia and especially from the DPRK. Everything from fake companies to simple theft, and this is in addition to the secondary market. In other words, there are probably many ways for Iran to get Rotax engines.

- emphasized in the material.

The publication recalled that in early October, the Rotax engine was found in a similar Mohajer-6, which was shot down by the Kurds in Iraq. Experts do not know how Rotax can affect all this, but it should not close its business.

Of course, looking at the engine and its serial number can help establish the supply chain for this particular case. But as we have noted for years, the proliferation of potentially dangerous UAV technology will require significant regulatory and disruption efforts, and even so, the flow of such components will be difficult to stop.

- summed up the media.
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  1. GIS Offline GIS
    GIS (Ildus) 25 October 2022 14: 16
    and cho, they didn’t even cut down the numbers ?????
    so how is it????
    you could even cut it with a grinder if you didn’t want to mill
    1. Corsair Offline Corsair
      Corsair (DNR) 25 October 2022 17: 24
      Quote: GIS
      and cho, they didn’t even cut down the numbers ?????
      so how is it????

      In the place of ours (and Iranians), I would say that the UAV in general is Austrian or Canadian fellow
    2. lord-palladore-11045 (Konstantin Puchkov) 26 October 2022 08: 00
      And why should someone report to the reproacher? In general, everything is foreign, including diapers.
    3. molybdenum Offline molybdenum
      molybdenum (Stanislav) 16 November 2022 01: 01
      Maybe I'm wrong, but hitting numbers on engines is a purely Soviet / Russian practice. Western consumer goods of internal combustion do not have stamped or molded numbers. And then, you can read the cut numbers at a time.
  2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 25 October 2022 14: 17
    Oh no no no! But there was a story when the Afghan Mujahideen suddenly got American weapons. And there was also a story about how English weapons appeared among Caucasians. And right now, American missiles are firing without any sanctions from Russia, on Russian territory. Or is it different?
  3. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 25 October 2022 14: 50
    Rotax, a universal line of engines, is in demand all over the world. It’s not time to release a modernized Rotax line in the Russian Federation (it is possible to acquire a license in the name of a foreign company, and enter into a common activity with it, there are many different ways). For the Russian Federation, this is necessary, because today the weak point is the internal combustion engine. It takes too long to create your own from scratch, and there is no good school to create ...
    1. Corsair Offline Corsair
      Corsair (DNR) 25 October 2022 17: 27
      Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
      because today is a weak point

      Almost everywhere no matter where you poke...

      NWO, not even a war yet, but exposed just so much.
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 25 October 2022 18: 22
    All nonsense
    Austrian, Canadian, Japanese, Chinese and American components...
    As he said about a similar GDP - you should rejoice!
  5. usm5 Offline usm5
    usm5 (George) 25 October 2022 20: 27
    Why in this world of lawlessness cares about compliance with licenses. You just need to make a similar engine based on the sample. I do not understand the stubbornness of our journalists who call the Russian Geranium-2 Shahed. What for? Who are we playing to? Moreover, there is no hard evidence that these products are made in Iran.
    1. special correspondent (oleg) 26 October 2022 11: 17
      Did he call Geran-2 a "shaheed"? Show evidence. No evidence? A full fine for a chatty parrot or a term for discrediting the Russian Armed Forces.
    2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 26 October 2022 14: 05
      (George) Replica. With the purchase of a license, all drawings and no visible manufacturing specifics are issued. It will be difficult to repeat all the technical solutions by ourselves. The engines had a long operation and improved. For complex products, a license is clearly better than self-made copying. The USSR rose on complex mass products by purchasing licenses.
  6. kalita Offline kalita
    kalita (Alexander) 26 October 2022 17: 20
    And they probably don’t remember how Khokhols supplied engines for missiles to the DPRK. Or Ukrainians can do everything today.
  7. Dejan Barich Offline Dejan Barich
    Dejan Barich 28 October 2022 22: 04
    Basically, these are civilian components that are not considered military goods, but the Ukrainians want to get information about their origin and make it difficult for them to get to Iran.

    Ukrainians, do not tear your navel when you make it difficult. Ha ha ha!!!