ISW: Russia’s use of Iranian drones not generating asymmetric effects on battlefields

    WORLD  07 October 2022 - 09:45

    Russia’s use of Iranian-made drones is not generating asymmetric effects the way the Ukrainian use of US-provided HIMARS systems has done and is unlikely to affect the course of the war significantly, the Institute of the Study of War (ISW) reported in its latest publication on October 6.

    According to the report, the deputy chief of the Main Operational Department of the Ukrainian General Staff, Brigadier General Oleksiy Hromov, stated on October 6 that Russian forces have used a total of 86 Iranian Shahed-136 drones against Ukraine, 60 per cent of which Ukrainian forces already destroyed.

    As ISW reported on October 5, Russian forces do not appear to be focusing these drones on asymmetric nodes near the battlefield. They have used many drones against civilian targets in rear areas, likely hoping to generate nonlinear effects through terror. Such efforts are not succeeding.

    Ukrainian Air Force Command Spokesperson Yuri Ignat stated that the Russian army is increasingly using Iranian-made drones to conserve its stock of high-precision missiles. Russian forces have likely used a non-trivial percentage of the Shahid-136 supply so far if the claims of an anonymous US intelligence official at the end of August were correct that Iran would likely provide ”hundreds” of drones to Russia.

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