Russia wants to produce 6,000 drones with help from Iran by 2025 - Washington Post
Russia plans to create 6,000 attack drones with the help of Iran to bomb Ukrainian cities. A team of engineers at an industrial centre deep in Russia has been secretly instructed to build a production line that will operate around the clock.
This was reported by The Washington Post, citing leaked documents available to the publication. It is noted that in November, Russia and Iran signed a billion-dollar arms deal.
The purpose of this agreement is to create six thousand drones in Russia by the summer of 2025 - a sufficient number to eliminate the chronic shortage of drones in the Russian army on the front line.
According to the newspaper, a team of Russian engineers has been tasked with building a production line that will operate around the clock, producing self-detonating drones.
A retired Russian FSB officer was responsible for the security of the programme. Passports were confiscated from highly skilled workers so that they could not leave the country.
In their correspondence and other documents, the engineers used encrypted language: they called drones "boats", their explosives "bumpers", and the country that secretly provided technical assistance to the Russian invaders, Iran, was called "Ireland" or "Belarus".
The documents show that the company's engineers are trying to improve outdated technologies and the drone itself to make it capable of group attacks, in which UAVs autonomously coordinate a strike on a target.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported:
Large-scale production of "Shaheds" has been launched in Tatarstan. Kamikaze strike drones are manufactured in the Alabuga special economic zone, and it is planned to move the production of some parts to Russia in 2024, and then automate production.
- The US intelligence community has indicated that Iran is helping Russia build a UAV manufacturing plant that could start operating as early as next year.