Russia will provide S-400 air defense missiles and Su-35 fighters to receive thousands of Iranian UAVs, this is an arms exchange that benefits both sides.
The arms exchange is ongoing, as Iranian UAVs play an active role for the Russian military in Ukraine, they are cheap and prove to be much more difficult to deal with than cruise or ballistic missiles.
Information that Russia wants to buy up to 2,400 Iranian UAVs including suicide and reconnaissance-armed types first appeared at the end of September 2022, and at the beginning of October 2022, the combat operations of the Shahed-136s. or Mojavher-6 has been recorded.
Iranian drones have helped Russia overcome its weaknesses when its Orlan-10 backbones proved too primitive, the Israeli-made For post based on the Searcher was blocked from spare parts, and the Orion or Altius-RU has not completed testing.
More specifically, Iranian suicide UAVs with low cost and large numbers, despite their relatively simple design and many disadvantages, are overloading Ukraine’s air defense system, and it is even said that they become a ” game-changing weapon”.
But in the current situation, it is very difficult for Russia to get enough money to pay such a large number of attack vehicles to Iran, especially when both countries are disconnected from the global payment system, the most feasible solution. is “bargain” with weapons.
Analysts believe that Moscow has sold (gifted) at a very low price about 60 Su-35 Flanker-F fighters to receive thousands of Iranian drones. Tehran is also in dire need of fighter jets because its air force is too backward.
In addition to advanced fighters, Iran also needs an air defense system. The international press has repeatedly written that Tehran covets not only the Russian S-400 Triumf but also the latest S-500 Prometheus missile defense complex adapted to shoot down low-orbit satellites.
Russia has not officially commented on providing fighter jets or anti-aircraft missiles to Iran to receive a large number of UAVs, but according to US intelligence, all evidence shows that the transaction is being carried out.
The sale (donation) of Su-35 multi-role fighter and S-400 air defense missile to Iran also helps Russia “liquidate” a large amount of inventory, after many of their customers were forced to cancel contracts due to fear of US sanctions under the CAATSA Act.
Another big problem that Russia also has to solve is that the weapons it produces are no longer proving attractive in the international market, especially after they performed poorly in Ukraine.
Many Russian Su-35 fighters, Su-34 front-line bombers, or Ka-52 armed helicopters have been shot down with only simple shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, not advanced complexes like NASAMS. or IRIS-T.
The same situation also applies to the S-400, this long-range air defense missile system is almost “missing” in protecting Syrian airspace against attacks by Israeli warplanes.
In Ukraine, the S-400s, although deployed on all fronts, have not been recorded shooting down any Ukrainian warplanes, helicopters, or ballistic missiles.
Therefore, if the above arms deal is implemented, both Russia and Iran benefit from receiving combat vehicles that meet their own tactical requirements, in a very short time.