#

Iran's Shahed-136 Kamikaze Drone: How to Identify, Look And Sound From the Air (Video)

6005
Iranian Shahed-136 loitering munition / Illustrative photo from open sources
Iranian Shahed-136 loitering munition / Illustrative photo from open sources

Shahed-136 has a number of distinctive features, which make it relatively easy to be identified

A video of the Iranian-made Shahed-136 kamikaze drone, which was purchased by the russian army and started to be applied in Ukraine, appeared on the Internet.

This video is extremely useful because it gives you an idea of how the drone looks from the ground and how it sounds in flight. The last factor is quite characteristic due to the fact that it uses a two-stroke engine and is quite similar to the sound of a moped engine.

Read more: Mobilization Readiness of the russian Army: From Operational Readiness Units to Reserve Units And Why It Is Important

A characteristic visual feature of the Shahed-136 in the air is its distinctive triangular wing, which makes it look like an iron: the wingspan is shorter than its length. At the same time, reconnaissance drones with an aerodynamic “flying wing” scheme have much larger wings in relation to the length of the fuselage.

Defense Express notes that Shahed-136 is not equipped with cameras, according to the available videos and photos, and the most likely guided by means of satellite navigation. That is, it can only attack stationary targets that have been scouted in advance.

Iran's Shahed-136 Kamikaze Drone: How to Identify, Look And Sound From the Air (Video), Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Shahed-136 is a rather large kamikaze drone with a length of about 3.5 m and a wingspan of 2.5 m / Illustrative photo from open sources

It is also necessary to consider that the electronic component of this drone, along with the engine from AliExpress, most likely belongs to the civilian class, which makes it quite sensitive to electronic warfare systems.

There is no reliable information about the number of purchased Shahed-136 drones. Logically, a relatively small batch firstly purchased to assess real effectiveness on the battlefield. But it is worth noting that using exclusively civilian components (except, of course, the combat part) may allow the russian federation to start localized production of these drones at own facilities.

Defense Express remind that Ukrainina Air Force has already started actively shooting down Shahed-136. In particular, yesterday, September 22, the Air Command ‘South’ reported the destruction of four enemy Shahed-136 kamikaze drones at once.

Read more: 212 Days of the War: russian Casualties in Ukraine