Russia has almost certainly started to deploy domestically produced one way attack unmanned aerial vehicles (OWA-UAVs) based on Iranian Shahed designs, the UK Defense Intelligence reports. Russian forces have been importing Iranian-made systems since September 2022.
Indigenous manufacturing will likely allow russia to establish a more reliable supply of OWA-UAVs. The performance of these weapons has been variable and Ukraine has proved effective in neutralising the majority of incoming OWA-UAVs.
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Russia likely aims for self-sufficiency in OWA-UAVs in the coming months. However, in the interim, russia remains reliant on components and whole weapons from Iran, primarily shipped via the Caspian Sea.
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