According to a report from the Institute of Science and International Security cited by Reuters, the plant’s construction pace corresponds with Russia’s plan, as outlined in documents received from The Washington Post earlier this year.
“With winter fast approaching... Russia can be expected to accelerate its Shahed-136 attacks against Ukraine’s vital energy infrastructure, causing brutal living conditions for the civilian population,” the report said.
Beyond mass-producing Iranian Shahed-136 UAVs, according to other leaked documents, the plant will be used to enhance Iranian production processes, facilitating the creation of more advanced drones with improved capabilities compared to existing models.
Despite concerns over Russia’s plans, neither the United States nor its allies have imposed sanctions on the owner of the plant, Alabuga, or associated companies.
In a strategic shift, Russian military experts, as reported by Defense Express on Nov. 9, suggest that Russia is focusing on drone production over missiles.
The Russian military-industrial complex is redirecting significant resources to establish drone production capabilities in both the public and private sectors.
Last year, consistent attacks on Ukraine’s energy grid resulted in severe consequences, leaving many without heating and electricity during the harsh winter season.
“We must be prepared for the possibility that the enemy may increase the number of drone or missile strikes on our infrastructure,” Zelensky said.
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