Media: Iranian drones have been modified to cause maximum damage to Ukraine's infrastructure | PHOTO
Iran is likely to modify the drones supplied to Russia for the war in Ukraine so that they cause maximum damage to civilian infrastructure. Experts from the British investigative organization Conflict Armament Research came to this conclusion after analyzing the unexploded warhead of the Shahed-131 drone found in the Odessa region in October last year, CNN writes.
The drone warheads were hastily modified: they were covered with many layers of small of metal fragments that explode over a wide radius, follows from the analysis of Conflict Armament Research.
Analysts also found 18 small “charges”, which, according to them, melt from the blast wave and create a cumulative effect that can penetrate armor and hit targets around the explosion. Additional elements increase the warhead's ability to damage power plants, power lines and transformer stations, and also make them much more difficult to repair later, according to CNN.
The main task of changing the design of the warhead was to increase the radius of destruction of civilian infrastructure, one of the researchers who worked with the warhead, Damien Splitters, told the TV channel. The recovered drone wreckage looks like buyers “looked at the finished warhead and said, «How can we make it even more destructive?»,” he said.
Warheads designed for strikes against tanks or artillery could be of a different design, Splitters explained, including so that the explosion was more directed.