China supplies Iran with parts for drone production, which are then sent to Russia - WSJ
Western experts who studied the Iranian loitering munition shot down in Ukraine reported a part made in China in early 2023. This could mean that Beijing is the supplier
This was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
"The revelation shows that China has continued to ship Iran the building blocks for its drone program, despite increasing pressure from the U.S. to choke off the global supply chain," the agency writes.
In April, Ukrainian forces shot down an Iranian kamikaze drone that had a part that appears to have been manufactured in China in mid-January. This is the first time that researchers from Conflict Armament Research, a UK-based group that monitors global arms supply chains, have found a voltage converter made in China in January 2023.
This shows the speed with which Iran is building and sending drones to Russia, as it took them only three months to do so.
According to previous information, China produced the parts in January 2023, sent them to Iran, where they were installed in attack drones and shipped to Russia. And in April, the aggressor country of Russia tried to strike Ukraine with these drones.
In May, CNN noted that Iran was supplying Russia with more and more ammunition via the Caspian Sea, and the West could not prevent this.
On June 5, the media reported on a contract for Russia to purchase artillery and tank shells, as well as missiles of various sizes from Iran.
According to U.S. intelligence, Iran is providing Russia with materials to build a drone manufacturing plant east of Moscow as Russia seeks to ensure a steady supply of weapons for the war in Ukraine.