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Iran to supply Russians with UAVs for Ukraine: White House

Iran is planning to supply hundreds of drones with combat weapon capabilities to Russia for use in Ukraine, a top US official said.

An Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone flies during Iranian military exercises in 2020 near sensitive Gulf waters in the Strait of Hormuz
An Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone flies during Iranian military exercises in 2020 near sensitive Gulf waters in the Strait of Hormuz - Copyright AFP/File Chris DELMAS
An Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone flies during Iranian military exercises in 2020 near sensitive Gulf waters in the Strait of Hormuz - Copyright AFP/File Chris DELMAS

Iran is planning to supply hundreds of drones with combat weapon capabilities to Russia for use in Ukraine, a top US official said Monday.

Jake Sullivan, the White House national security advisor, said the information received by the United States supported views that the Russian military is facing challenges sustaining its weaponry after significant losses in Ukraine.

“The Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), including weapons-capable UAVs, on an expedited timeline,” Sullivan told reporters.

“Our information further indicates that Iran is preparing to train Russian forces to use these UAVs, with initial training sessions slated to begin as soon as early July,” he said.

Sullivan said it was not clear whether Iran had delivered any of the drones to Russia yet.

He noted that Iran’s drones have been used by the Houthi rebels in Yemen to attack Saudi Arabia.

Drones have played a crucial role on both sides of the war in Ukraine, for everything from firing missiles from a distance, to dropping small bombs on targets, to conducting reconnaissance for artillery forces and ground troops.

Ukraine’s forces have had particular success in using Turkish-made Bayraktar armed combat UAVs, and the United States and other allies have supplied Kyiv with many types of smaller drones.

“From our perspective, we will continue to do our part to help sustain the effective defense of Ukraine and to help the Ukrainians show that the Russian effort to try to wipe Ukraine off the map cannot succeed,” Sullivan said.

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