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Ukrainian efforts to defeat Iranian drones “increasingly successful” – British intel

The October 24 British Defence Intelligence update says that Ukraine’s efforts at shooting down the Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones are increasingly successful as Russia is likely using these kamikaze drones as a substitute for dwindling stockpiles of its long-range weapons.

  • Russia continues to use Iranian uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) against targets throughout Ukraine. “Ukrainian efforts to defeat the Shahed-136 UAVs are increasingly successful, with official sources, including President Zelenskyy, claiming that up to 85% of attacks are being intercepted,” the report reads.
  • “These UAVs are slow, noisy and fly at low altitudes, making lone aircraft easy to target conventional air defences.”
  • “Russia is likely expending a high number of Iranian Shahed-136 UAVs in order to penetrate increasingly effective Ukrainian air defences.”
  • British Defense Intelligence believes that Russia is likely using the Shaheds “as a substitute for Russian-manufactured long-range precision weapons which are becoming increasingly scarce.”

Read also:

Ukraine’s air defenses shot down 16 Iranian-made kamikaze drones in Mykolaiv Oblast last night

Israel destroys Iranian drone factory in Syria – human rights activists

Ukraine shot down 223 Iranian-made Shahed-136 in one month

It costs Ukraine roughly 2x more to down Shahed-136 drones than for Russia to send them

Iran now training Russian operators to use Arash-2 drones – Ukraine’s General Staff

Iranian instructors help Russians launch Shahed-136 drone attacks from Belarus

 

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