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​The Defense Intelligence of Ukraine: We Are Searching for the Locations where russia Is Manufacturing the Shahed Drones

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The Geran-2 UAV / Photo credit: ​The Defense Intelligence of Ukraine
The Geran-2 UAV / Photo credit: ​The Defense Intelligence of Ukraine

Russia may combine the use of UAVs with missile weaponry during the autumn-winter period to target Ukraine’s energy infrastructure

Recently, evidence of an uptick in russian components has been found among the debris of the downed Shahed drones. This serves as a testament to the fact that the final phase of assembling these UAVs is occurring within russian territory.

This information was reported by a representative of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Vadym Skibitsky, in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

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According to preliminary data from the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, russia has started working on establishing a powerful production of UAVs of this type on its own territory.

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The HESA Shahed-136 drones / open source

“In the second half of this year, russia planned to manufacture 1300 units of the so-called Geran-2 or Shahed UAVs. The russians can use components both of foreign and domestic production. However, in reality, they are not capable of producing such a quantity of UAVs today,” Vadym Skibitsky stated.

He added that multiple enterprises in russia are involved in the production of strike drones and their components. Currently, Ukrainian intelligence is working to identify the locations and actual production volumes of UAVs in russia.

According to Vadym Skibitsky, the success of russian plans will depend on how effectively Ukraine collaborates with its partners regarding sanctions.

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Downed HESA Shahed-136 drone / open source

“We are sharing information with partners to identify and close the supply routes of components, equipment, machinery and software that are specifically used in the production of UAVs on russian territory. Additionally, the success of these plans [by the enemy] will depend on successful kinetic actions against the facilities participating in the production of these drones in russia,” the representative of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine noted.

Strike drones play a crucial role in the new tactics of russian attacks, combining the use of UAVs with missile weaponry. This is one of the strategies the enemy might employ during the autumn-winter period to target Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

“We, on our part, will do everything to protect our facilities, timely detect preparations for attacks, and accordingly provide recommendations to our energy experts to prevent significant destruction,” Vadym Skibitsky stated.

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