Not just frost: the Armed Forces of Ukraine told why the Russian Federation no longer launches Shahed drones (video)

The RF Armed Forces has already used most of the drones purchased from Iran. It is not yet known whether new deliveries are expected.

The Russians have not been using Iranian Shahed drones to attack Ukraine for three weeks. Air Force Command Spokesperson Yuriy Ignat explained the reason at a briefing held at the media center of the Ukrinform agency on 6 December.

Many factors indicate that Russian troops did not launch Shahed kamikaze drones at facilities in Ukraine, due to the expiration of the first batch of such devices received from Iran. According to the Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russia has ordered about 1,700 attack aircraft from its Iranian partners, and about 1,400 were used for attacks, 350 of which were shot down by the Ukrainian air defense forces.

Yuri Ignat said, “Signs indicate that they may have finished their first batch. So far, there is no information that Iran will supply them with more of these weapons.”

Another reason for the recession in Shahed could be the common cold in Ukraine. The representative of the Air Force noted that the Russian Armed Forces cannot launch drones every day due to weather conditions, which often affect the performance of unmanned systems.

Yevgeny Sylkin, spokesman for the Joint Command of Strategic Communications of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that the Russian Armed Forces is unlikely to launch Shahed kamikaze drones due to the frost. According to him, the materials from which Iranian UAVs are made are sensitive to low temperatures. He added that Ukraine is getting more and more Western air defense systems and is much more effective at hitting enemy drones, which are about 80% of all targets.

CIT researchers found that since November 18, Ukraine has not registered a single Iranian Shahed-136 UAV, which Russia has signed as Geran-2. Analysts suggest that the Russians could get a new batch of drones from Iran or set up a serial assembly themselves.

Source: Focus


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