Iran’s Mohajer-6 Long Range Drone Joins the Fray in Ukraine: Strikes on Odessa and Dnepropetrovsk Reported

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Following the debut of the Iranian Shahed 136 delta helping ’suicide drone’ connected Ukrainian battlefields, a 2nd larger Iranian unmanned craft the Mohajer-6 has reportedly begun operations successful the theatre to enactment the Russian warfare effort. Ukrainian sources person indicated that the craft person been progressive successful strikes connected targets successful Odessa and Dnepropetrovsk, though further details were not provided. The drone deploys a wide scope of guided weapons including some bombs and abbreviated ranged missiles, with each carrying up to four. It is besides susceptible of operating successful surveillance roles and shares the aforesaid stabilised electro-optical strategy arsenic the amended known and wide utilized Shahed 129 drone allowing it to hunt for targets astatine 12km ranges and fastener connected astatine a 10km. The craft besides uses electro-optical, laser and infrared detection systems and has a 12 hr endurance and 100kg payload allowing it to perchance onslaught targets crossed overmuch of Ukraine. 

Transport craft affiliated with the Iranian Army and Revolutionary Guard Corps person made several flights into Russia from mid-September and are speculated to beryllium delivering drones successful sizeable quantities. The Wall Street Journal was among respective sources to study “serious damage” from strikes by the Shahed 136 citing reports from Ukrainian officers, with experts cited by the insubstantial stressing that its interaction was a game changer. While the Shahed 136 is simply a azygous usage weapon, which uses its ain assemblage arsenic a transportation conveyance for its payload, the Mohajer-6 provides a little costly means of laying down firepower and astatine greater ranges. It remains uncertain whether the aircraft's interaction connected the battlefield volition beryllium arsenic pronounced, conscionable however galore volition beryllium deployed, oregon to what grade Iranian unit whitethorn beryllium progressive successful their operations from Russia itself. With Iran fielding overmuch higher extremity drone classes including the Shahed 191 and other flying helping stealth designs which person proved highly survivable successful combat, and against aerial defence networks overmuch much susceptible than that of Ukraine, the anticipation that the Mohajer-6 is lone the 2nd measurement towards deployment of a overmuch larger much potent Iranian-supplied unmanned fleet by the Russian Military remains considerable. Iran is 1 of conscionable 3 countries to person operationalised flying helping stealth aircraft, with drones remaining a pronounced spot of its defence assemblage and an outstanding weakness of that of Russia.