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24 November, 2022
Iranian drones used in Ukraine built with western parts: Report
The majority of parts found in Iranian drones that have been shot down in Ukraine are produced in the US, Europe and other Western allies exposing the limits of export controls on Iran. A Ukrainian intelligence report has revealed this. Three-quarters of the component parts of Iranian drones purchased by Russia for its war in Ukraine were made in the US.

In one instance, researchers studied an Iranian Mohajer-6 drone that was brought down by Ukrainian forces after being hacked mid-flight. The hi-res telescopic infrared lens used in the Mohajer-6 for surveillance and targeting appeared identical to a model by Israeli firm Ophir Optronics Solutions Ltd.

The site trtworld.com writes about this, by referring to the publication in American magazine The New York Street Journal. Journalists of the journal acquainted with the report of the Kiev-based Independent Anti-Corruption Commission, a non-profit known by its Ukrainian acronym NAKO.
 
Iranian drones entering a conventional battlefield in Europe have occurred despite the US imposing punitive sanctions against Iran’s economy and placing export controls on commercial parts that could be used in the manufacturing of weapons systems. Tehran has admitted to selling “kamikaze” drones to Moscow but denies it has done so since the war in Ukraine commenced in February. Both Iran and Russia have denied the use of Shahed-136 drones in Ukraine.
 
Much of the technology found in the drones shot down in Ukraine can easily be purchased online and shipped to Iran through intermediary countries, making them hard to intercept.
 
Weapons experts told the WSJ that Iran has been able to reverse engineer and pull pieces from downed and captured drones from countries like the US and Israel.
 
Iranian-made drones used by Russian forces include the Shahed-136, Shahed-129, Shahed-191, and Qods Mohajer-6. In recent weeks, Iranian drones have allegedly been used by Russia to target critical energy infrastructure in Ukraine.
 
In October, the WSJ cited a report documenting how Iran was able to supply drones to its Houthi allies in Yemen and evade sanctions using commercial companies to acquire parts. Washington has also accused Tehran of sourcing parts for its drone programme from Beijing.
 
To assist Ukraine counter the explosive drones, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced last month that the military alliance would send “hundreds” of signal-jammers to Kiev.