Dissecting Iranian Drones Employed by Russia in Ukraine

Ukraine Field Dispatch, November 2022
November 30, 2022

Weapon Program: 

  • Military


Conflict Armament Research

Related Country: 

  • Ukraine
  • Russia

The Russian Federation’s use of Iranian-manufactured uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Ukraine represents a notable development in the evolution of the conflict. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) investigators physically documented a number of these UAVs in Ukraine in November 2022 and are conducting a detailed dissection of their design characteristics and key components, comparing them with CAR’s previous documentations of similar technology used in conflicts in the Middle East.

This comparative analysis demonstrates that these UAVs did,  as is widely reported , originate in Iran, and that they include many recently manufactured components produced by companies mostly based in the United States. This raises important questions regarding the effectiveness of existing sanction regimes, most notably United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 2231, which prohibits the transfer of certain goods and equipment to or from Iran.


Read the full article on the Conflict Armament Research website.