According to a CNN report from August 10, in recent weeks Russians have started learning how to use drones in Iran, indicating that the Russian Federation has serious intentions to purchase these devices.
“Over the past few weeks, Russian officials have been conducting training in Iran as part of an agreement to transfer unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Iran to Russia,” a US government official told CNN. .
These are unmanned aerial vehicles, the Shahed-191 and Shahed-129, which are capable of carrying high-precision missiles. Moreover, Iran has a wide range of various aircraft: reconnaissance, kamikaze, radar and attack. For the most part, they are produced on the principle of an American attack drone when captured. The United States believes that Iran intends to sell hundreds of these drones to Russia.
Meanwhile, Ukraine has asked the United States for more powerful armed drones, such as the Gray Eagle. But the United States is reluctant to provide them out of fear, arguing that Russia might see them as an escalation.
Russian delegations have visited an airfield in central Iran at least twice since June to study unmanned aerial vehicles carrying weapons, US presidential adviser Jake Sullivan said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia had no comment on the situation.
However, Russia is trying to replenish its supplies. That’s why US officials say the growing relationship between Iran and Russia is an example of why the United States should maintain its presence and influence in the Middle East.
According to Oleksiy Arestovych, a close aide to the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Iran has already handed over at least 46 attack drones to Russia. They have already managed to use them in the war against Ukraine.
In addition, on August 4, the Washington Post reported that after the launch of the Iranian intelligence satellite Khayam, Russia will be able to use it for its needs, mainly related to its war in Ukraine, for the first months “or more”. .
However, on August 7, the Iranian Space Agency refuted reports of Russia’s alleged access to data from the satellite, which was scheduled for launch on August 9. The statement also notes that the satellite’s control center will be located on the territory of Iran. , and all data exchange with the device will pass through this center. Tehran has denied selling drones to Russia.
The Washington Post reports that Iran needs the Khayam satellite for military purposes, primarily to monitor the territory of Israel and Arab countries in the Persian Gulf.