Russia used Iranian suicide drones for the first time to destroy Ukrainian air defense systems

A suicide drone of Iranian origin is a new weapon used by Russia on the Ukrainian battlefield and, according to a statement from Moscow, has shown high efficiency.

The Shahed-136 suicide drone developed by Iran was produced locally by the Russian defense industry under the name M214 Geran-2 and immediately launched into the Ukrainian battlefield.

A photo of the remains of the Geran-2 suicide drone after striking the position of the Ukrainian armed forces was published by Russian media which said the attack took place in the Kupyansk region.

As explained by the Russian press, the M214 Geran-2 is the localized version made by the country from the design of Iran’s Shahed-136 suicide drone, while the above UAV is considered a copy of Israeli Harpy.

This statement is considered accurate because comparing the rest of the Geran-2’s tail with the Shahed-136 is completely similar, it’s just not clear whether Russia manufactured its own suicide UAV from scratch or assembled it from components. case handed over by Iran.

It should be noted that earlier it was reported that the Russian Federation had ordered drones of completely different classes, these include the Shahed 129, Mohajer-6 and Shahed 171.

The next issue to mention is that information about the Shahed-136 drone is quite limited and is based on data from Iran itself – just like the way Moskva still propagates, this suicide drone “has no similarity”.

However, based on Iran’s size, and scientific and technical level, the characteristics of the Shahed-136 suicide drone are being mentioned by analysts with great skepticism.

First, the claimed flight range of up to 2,500 km is a problem, as it is considered impossible for a suicide drone with a weight of about 200 kg, a wingspan of 2.5 meters, and a flying engine. The 50-horsepower engine looks pretty plain.

Not only that, the MD-550 engine itself used on the Shahed-136 is sold directly on AliExpress, showing that it is not a purely military product, most likely many other components of this drone. also civil.

In terms of guidance means, the Shahed-136 suicide drone is certainly only equipped with civilian satellite navigation equipment and therefore it can only attack stationary objects, unknown version Geran- 2 has the ability to reference GLONASS or not.

There is also no complete information on the power of the warhead, but it is unlikely to be more than 25% of the weight – with the total weight of this drone at 200 kg.

The next thing to talk about is that there is no evidence that the Ukrainian air defense missile system was destroyed by the Geran-2 according to the notice from the Russian side, but simply the tail of the suicide UAV after exploding.

With many of the civilian components listed above, it is impossible to rule out the possibility that this combat vehicle has fallen on its own during operation, especially when encountering the autocratic weapon that suppresses the UAV.

But anyway, with a large number of suicide UAVs of Iranian origin, the Russian Army will have more means to fight the enemy, especially after the domestic Lancet or Kub has not shown strength. effective.

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