Iran began showing Russia the Shahed-191 and Shahed-129 drones, also known as UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles, in June at the Kashan airfield south of Tehran, US officials told CNN. Both types of drones are capable of carrying precision-guided missiles.
“We have information that the Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with several hundred UAVs, including combat-ready UAVs,” Sullivan said in a statement to CNN.
“We estimate that an official Russian delegation recently received a demonstration of Iranian UAVs capable of attacking,” Sullivan added. “We are releasing these pictures taken in June showing the Iranian UAVs that the Russian government delegation saw that day. This indicates Russia’s continued interest in acquiring Iranian UAVs capable of attacking.”
Sullivan said that, to the best of the US knowledge, the June visit “was the first time a Russian delegation had visited this airfield for such a demonstration.” A Russian delegation again visited the airfield for a similar demonstration on July 5, officials said.
Russia, the US now believes, has apparently turned to Iran for help in resupplying drones. However, it is not clear how sophisticated or effective these drones will be.