Amid Kiev’s call for an air defense system, Iran is reportedly preparing to send surface-to-surface ballistic missiles to Russia as part of a tranche of around 1,000 additional weapons to be shipped by the end of this year.
Ukrainian military intelligence said on Tuesday that the shipment will include Iran’s newest and deadliest combat drone — the Arash-2.
According to media reports, Western officials believe Iran is preparing to transfer the arms by the end of this year. If successful, it will mark the first time Iran’s advanced precision-guided weapons have been shipped to Russia since the start of the war in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian military intelligence claimed in a Facebook post that Iran plans to send a batch of more than 200 combat drones to Russia early in November – including the Shahed-136, Mohajer-6 and Arash-2 combat drones said to be from Iran in November .
According to Ukrainian intelligence, the Iranian shipment of disassembled drones will be shipped across the Caspian Sea to Russia’s port of Astrakhan, where they will be assembled, repainted and given Russian markings.
In mid-October, the Ukrainian military reported that Iranian experts and trainers were to be sent to train Russian operators of the deadlier Arash-2 drones.
In September, Iran announced that it had developed an advanced, long-range suicide drone called the Arash-2 – a newer version of the earlier Arash-1. With a range of 2,000 kilometers (over 1,200 miles), the new Arash-2 drone was specifically designed to attack the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa, according to Iranian officials.
Citing unnamed Iranian officials, Reuters reported that in September Tehran turned down a request from Russian President Vladimir Putin to supply Arash-2 drones. The report said Iranian military commanders are concerned that “if Russia uses this Arash-2 drone in Ukraine, the Americans could have access to our technology.”
Iran has firmly denied selling armed drones to Russia for use on the battlefield in Ukraine, calling the allegations “unfounded”.
“Such unsubstantiated claims, based solely on false flags and fabricated assumptions, are nothing more than a propaganda apparatus set up by certain states to advance their political agenda,” the Iranian government said in an Oct. 14 statement.
While the delivery of Iranian ballistic missiles and drones may not significantly change the situation on the battlefield, it will add further credibility to Ukraine’s call for air defense systems.
The war in Ukraine has shifted the equation between Russia and Iran. Both countries have been working together for a long time, with Moscow playing a paramount role in the relationship. However, with Russia’s misadventure in Ukraine showing the limits of its power, Moscow is increasing its reliance on Tehran for supplies of cheaper arms.
Just like Iran’s Shahed-136 and Mohajer-6 drones, the new tranche of ballistic missiles and Arash-2 will allow Moscow to replenish its dwindling stockpile of weapons and give a significant boost to Putin’s forces on the battlefield.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/amid-ukraines-clamor-air-defense-iran-readies-ballistic-missiles-drones-russia-reports-1840506?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Amid Ukraine’s clamor for air defenses, Iran is preparing ballistic missiles and drones for Russia: reports