WSJ States Iranian Kamikaze Drones Used by russians Creates New Dangers for Ukraine’s Troops

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Iranian Shahed-136 kamikaze drones
Iranian Shahed-136 kamikaze drones

Ukrainian commander said The Wall Street Journal that Shahed-136 drones supplied to Russia by Iran carried out several devastating strikes in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region over past week. As a result two 152-mm self-propelled howitzers, two 122-mm self-propelled howitzers, as well as two BTR armored infantry vehicles were destroyed

Ukrainian commanders say that invaders has inflicted serious harm on Ukrainian forces with recently introduced Iranian drones, in its first wide-scale deployment of a foreign weapons system since the war began, The Wall Street Journal reports.

WSJ States Iranian Kamikaze Drones Used by russians Creates New Dangers for Ukraine’s Troops, Defense Express
Debris of what Ukrainian military authorities described as an Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone, which was shot down in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, WSJ States Iranian Kamikaze Drones Used by russians Creates New Dangers for Ukraine’s Troops, Defense Express
Debris of what Ukrainian military authorities described as an Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone, which was shot down in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region - the inscription M412 (most likely the serial number) and the "russian name" Geran-2 are even applied on the standard place instead of the Iranian “Shahed-136” name, on the extremely characteristic winglets at the ends of the wings / Photo: Open sources

Over the past week, Shahed-136 delta-wing drones, repainted in Russian colors and rebranded as Geranium 2, started appearing over Ukrainian armor and artillery positions in the northeastern Kharkiv region, said Col. Rodion Kulagin, commander of artillery of Ukraine’s 92nd Mechanized Brigade.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, in his brigade’s operational area alone, the Iranian drones—which usually fly in pairs and then slam into their targets – have destroyed two 152-mm self-propelled howitzers, two 122-mm self-propelled howitzers, as well as two BTR armored infantry vehicles, he said.

Shahed-136 kamikaze drone launcher, WSJ States Iranian Kamikaze Drones Used by russians Creates New Dangers for Ukraine’s Troops, Defense Express
Shahed-136 kamikaze drone launcher

Before the current wide-scale use of the Shaheds, Russia carried out a test last month, striking a U.S.-supplied M777 155-mm towed howitzer with the drone, Col. Kulagin said. Another Iranian drone malfunctioned and was recovered, he said.

So far, the Iranian drones seem to have been mostly deployed in the Kharkiv region, where the 92nd Brigade and other Ukrainian forces carried out a major offensive this month, retaking some 8,500 square kilometers, or roughly 3,300 square miles, of land occupied by Russia and seizing or destroying hundreds of Russian tanks, artillery pieces and armored carriers.

Shahed-136 kamikaze drone specifications, WSJ States Iranian Kamikaze Drones Used by russians Creates New Dangers for Ukraine’s Troops, Defense Express
Shahed-136 kamikaze drone specifications

“In other areas, the Russians have overwhelming artillery firepower, and they manage with that. Here, they no longer have that artillery advantage, and so they have started to resort to these drones,” Col. Kulagin said.

As The Wall Street Journal notes, independent experts who examined photographs of recent drone wreckage from the Kharkiv region say that it appears to be Shahed-136, the latest evolution of Tehran’s delta-wing design.

Specifications of MD 550 engine that is used to drive Shahed-136 kamikaze drone, WSJ States Iranian Kamikaze Drones Used by russians Creates New Dangers for Ukraine’s Troops, Defense Express
Specifications of MD 550 engine that is used to drive Shahed-136 kamikaze drone

Defense Express reported that russia had received UAVs from Iran and started to apply them against Ukraine’s defenders.

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