Iran has so far refused to support Russia with ballistic missiles, about which Ukrainian officials have previously expressed concern. This was stated in an interview with The New York Times by the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Kirill Budanov.
«Iran is in no hurry to do this for obvious reasons, because as soon as Russia launches the first missiles, sanctions pressure on Iran will intensify»,— he noted.
At the same time, under a contract that was concluded in the summer, Russia acquired 1,700 so-called Shahed kamikaze drones from Iran. They are being supplied in batches.
Budanov recalled that Russia has currently deployed about 540 of these drones, conducting tactical strikes along the front line, at power plants, power pylons and electrical substations.
Most of these loitering ammunition are shot down before reaching the target. But they are also cheap.
In Iran, according to Budanov, the production cost is about $7,000 per unit, although it is not known how much Russia actually paid Iran for these weapons.
- Head «Mossad» David Barnea said that Iran wants to expand the supply of advanced weapons to the Russian Federation.