• Russia continues to use Iranian uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) against targets throughout Ukraine. Ukrainian efforts to defeat the Shahed-136 UAVs are increasingly successful.
  • With official sources, including President Zelenskyy, claiming that up to 85% of attacks are being intercepted.
  • These UAVs are slow, noisy and fly at low altitudes, making lone aircraft easy to target conventional air defences.
  • Russia is likely expending a high number of Iranian Shahed-136 UAVs in order to penetrate increasingly effective Ukrainian air defences.
    It is likely using them as a substitute for Russian-manufactured long-range precision weapons which are becoming increasingly scarce.
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