Iran uses Chinese components to build Shaheds at Russia's request - WSJ
In April of this year, a part was found in one of the downed kamikaze drones in Ukraine that was probably manufactured in China in January 2023. This fact indicates that China is supporting Iran's drone programme.
This was reported by The Wall Street Journal. While investigating the Iranian drone shot down over Ukraine this spring, Western researchers made a significant discovery. They discovered that one of the parts of the drone was manufactured in China this year.
The findings make it clear that China continues to supply Iran with components for its drone programme, despite increasing pressure from the United States to cut off the global supply chain. This indicates that Iran is able to quickly help Russia in its conflict with Ukraine - to manufacture and deliver weapons to Moscow in just three months.
According to investigators, an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle shot down by Ukrainian forces in April contained a voltage converter, allegedly manufactured in China in mid-January. This is the first time that a part manufactured in 2023 has been identified by researchers from Conflict Armament Research, a UK-based group specialising in tracking global arms supply chains.
This discovery underscores the efficiency and effectiveness of the process of creating and delivering unmanned aerial vehicles from Iran to Russia. The component, manufactured in China in January, was delivered to Iran, installed on an unmanned aerial vehicle, and then shipped to Russia, where it was used in April against Ukraine. This indicates that Iran is able to quickly mobilise its resources and support Russia in its war with Ukraine using unmanned aerial vehicles.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Iran is providing Russia with materials for the construction of a drone manufacturing plant, thus helping the Kremlin to establish a constant supply of weapons for the war in Ukraine. These are the conclusions of US intelligence released by the White House on Friday, June 9.