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Russia likely receives limited batch of Shahed drones with jet engine — military expert

9 January, 2024 Tuesday
16:15

Defense Express analyst Serhiy Zgurets believes that Russia could have received a limited number of Iranian Shahed 238 jet-powered UAVs

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He told about this on Espreso TV

"The first information about the jet Shahed appeared in November. In December, we already analyzed this sample from photos. Therefore, we can assume that Russia could have received a certain limited batch of such UAVs. I think that in a few days, we will have more detailed information about this UAV. Because today all the experts are working only with the wreckage of the Shahed 238 jet drone," Zgurets said.

The analyst also named the main tactical and technical characteristics of the Shahed 238

"The Shahed 238 jet UAV is smaller than its predecessor. With a jet engine, this UAV can actually reach speeds of 400 to 600 km per hour. The warhead of the Shahed 238 has not changed within 40 kg. Therefore, the risk is that such a faster target will have to be shot down with MANPADS and other systems, not with machine guns," he added.

  • On the night of Monday, January 8, air defense units in the skies over southern Ukraine destroyed all 8 Shahed drones launched by the Russian army. A fire breaks out near Odesa due to the downed drone's wreckage
  • On January 9, Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said that the Air Force could not confirm the downing of a Shahed, allegedly equipped with a jet engine.
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