Russians use Iranian combat drone in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast

16 September, 12:02 PM
Wreckage of an Iranian drone (Photo:National Police)

Wreckage of an Iranian drone (Photo:National Police)

Russian troops has once again used Iranian attack drones, this time to attack the city of Nikopol in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, the Ukrainian UNIAN news agency reported on Sept. 15.

The wreckage of a Shahed-136 drone (Russian marking Geran-2) was found after the strike on Sept. 15.

In the photo published by the National Police, a Mado M550 engine can be seen, which usually remains intact after an explosion.

The use of Iranian drones was first reported on Sept. 13, after the Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down a Shahed-136 UAV in Kupyansk, Kharkiv Oblast.

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Earlier, CNN reported that Russia had purchased and received an initial batch of Iranian combat drones. This information was later confirmed by the White House.

The U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War, in its Aug. 2 update, reported that Iran could send a batch of drones to Russia for "field tests" and can count on receiving Russian military jet fighters, Su-35s, in exchange. The researchers referred to a U.S. OSINT account on Twitter, which quoted anonymous Iranian sources.

Back in July, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced that Tehran planned to deliver up to several hundred drones, including those capable of carrying weapons, to Russia on an expedited timeline.

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