In a significant development in the ongoing war in Ukraine, Iran has reportedly created a new Shahed-107 strike drone specifically for Russia's military operations.
According to a Sky News report citing an anonymous source, this unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is uniquely equipped with search technology targeting British and American multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) used by Ukrainian forces.
The Shahed-107 is described as an 'explosive and reconnaissance' drone, potentially armed with capabilities to seek out high-value targets on the battlefield. This development represents a notable escalation in the technological sophistication of weaponry being supplied to Russia for its war in Ukraine.
Sky News' source indicates that "several units" of the specially designed Shahed-107 could have been part of a deal exceeding $2 million. This transaction underscores Iran's significant role in supporting Russia's military interests in Ukraine through advanced weapons development.
The Shahed-107, a member of the Shahed-101 family of UAVs, features a V-shaped tail. It measures approximately 2.5 meters in length, with a wingspan of 3 meters. Notably, it can be launched from a vehicle and is estimated to have a range of up to 1,500 km (932 miles).
The drone is believed to be equipped with a real-time video transmission system, enhancing its reconnaissance capabilities. This feature enables the UAV to identify targets for other drones or weapons systems along the line of contact.
The security source cited by Sky News mentioned that the Shahed-107 was tested by Iranian security forces in collaboration with Russians at an air base in central Iran.
If these reports are confirmed, they signify a considerable advancement in Iran's military production capacities and highlight its pivotal role in bolstering Russia's warfare in Ukraine.
Additionally, Sky News reports that Russia is expected to receive high-precision surface-to-surface missile systems from Iran soon. These systems reportedly include missiles with a range exceeding 300 km (186 miles), further enhancing Russia's military capabilities in the region.
This news about the Shahed-107 drone and the impending missile systems not only underscores the growing military collaboration between Iran and Russia but also raises concerns about the escalating intensity and technological complexity of the conflict in Ukraine.