According to new Western intelligence, Russia has entered into a secret agreement with Iran to start producing drones in Russia. This is reported Washington Post referring to three anonymous officials familiar with the matter.
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Russian and Iranian officials reached an agreement during a meeting in Iran in early November, and the two countries are moving fast to hand over designs and key components that could allow production to begin within months.
By acquiring its own assembly line, Russia could dramatically increase its stockpile of relatively inexpensive but highly destructive weapons systems.
Since August, Russia has deployed more than 400 Iranian-made strike drones against Ukraine, according to intelligence officials.
For Moscow, this agreement could meet a critical need for precision-guided munitions, which are in short supply after nine months of fighting. According to officials, the agreements also imply significant economic and political benefits for Iran. Iran’s leaders believe they can avoid new sanctions if the drones are physically assembled in Russia, officials said.
- November 17 Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense reportedthat the Belarusian delegation is planning a visit to Iran in order to be able to organize a technological process for collecting rockets of 122-mm, 220-mm and 300-mm calibers on the territory of Belarus.
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