In its latest intelligence update, the British Defense Ministry says Russia hasn’t deployed its Iranian-made one-way-attack Shahed drones since 15 February, which likely indicates that Russia has run down its current stock.
The ministry tweeted:
- “There have not been any reports of Iranian one-way-attack uncrewed aerial vehicles (OWA-UAVs) being used in Ukraine since around 15 February 2023.”
- “Prior to this, Ukrainian armed forces reported shooting down at least 24 Shahed-136 OWA-UAVs between late January and early February 2023; and scores were destroyed in the first few days of the year.”
- “This lack of OWA-UAV deployments likely indicates that Russia has run down its current stock. Russia will likely seek a resupply. Although the weapons do not have a good record in destroying their intended targets, Russia likely sees them as useful decoys which can divert Ukrainian air defences from more effective Russian cruise missiles.”
On the first anniversary of Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the UK and its allies remain steadfast in their support for Ukraine. There is no loss of momentum from the UK and its allies in 2023. #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/y7cCX9n8ZH
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) February 24, 2023