Mashovets spoke about the problems encountered in Russia with the launch of Shahed production
Russia lacks the industrial equipment to manufacture Shahed kamikaze drones on its territory. The aggressor country has deployed a plant, but has found that the process of assembling UAVs, manufacturing engines and individual components has encountered difficulties.
This was stated by military observer Kostyantyn Mashovets (Information Resistance group). He gave an interview to OBOZREVATEL editor-in-chief Orest Sokhar as part of the Orestocracy project (to watch the video, scroll to the end).
According to the expert, the Russian Federation created an enterprise on the basis of a car repair or car assembly plant. They were launching the production of kamikaze drones, "but then they were surprised to find that their industrial equipment lacked what was needed to produce these UAVs."
Shahed, as Mashovets explained, needs software and electronics because the drones are controlled remotely. As for engines, they used to be purchased from Iran, but Russia tried to localize this production on its territory.
"They had to produce components, and this included, of course, the production of engines. Given even the fact that this engine is much simpler than the internal combustion engine of a car that we are used to, it is much simpler, smaller, and it is quite surprising that it turned out that they do not even have this industrial equipment to produce such engines," Mashovets said.
The military observer believes that the plant was supposed to fulfill another function, in addition to localizing production, to generate cooperation between Iran and the Russian Federation. After all, Tehran publicly promotes the thesis that it "does not supply" Moscow with weapons and military technology.
"The question arises as to where the Russians got the technology to produce these UAVs. They did not invent these UAVs themselves, but in reality and in practice it turned out that the Russians are not even capable of this, they failed to make this plant more or less capable in terms of capacity," the expert said.
He said that in the first half of 2023, the aggressor state wanted to produce at least 100 Shaheds, but failed to achieve this figure.
According to Mashovets, the Iranian regime is "quite lenient" about the Kremlin's requests because it is trying to gain a more important role in the foreign policy field.
"The fact is that this is bad... because the Kremlin somehow gets an additional resource from Iran," he said.
The expert has information that a month ago Tehran supplied Moscow with about 17 or 18 units of another type of drone, the Mohajer.
"This UAV is of a completely different class, so we can see from the external signs that Tehran is deliberately cooperating with the Kremlin," Mashovets said.
As OBOZREVATEL wrote:
- The coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Konstantyn Mashovets, said that Russia wants to receive from the DPRK and Iran the means to continue the war against Ukraine. It's not just about drones.
- Earlier, analysts said that the occupiers have already used Geranium-2 (Shahed-136), manufactured in the Russian Federation, to strike Ukraine.