Russia Paid Iran For Drones By Sending Plane With $140 Million In Cash And Capturing Western Weapons

Russian Ilyushin Il-76MD jets fly over Moscow during the Victory Day Parade dress rehearsal in Moscow, Russia on May 7, 2022. (Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

  • Russia paid Iranian drones 140 million euros in cash and captured Western weapons, Sky News reported.
  • The two countries have denied trading drones, but there is plenty of evidence to contradict this.
  • Western weapons could be reverse-engineered by Iran, Sky’s source said.
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Russia sent about $140 million (about 2.5 billion rand) in cash, along with a stash of Western weapons, by plane to Iran as payment for a shipment of drones, according to Sky News.

A security source, whom the outlet did not identify, said Russia carried out the secret flight on August 20 after reports emerged that it had received dozens of deadly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

In exchange, according to the source, Russia sent a British NLAW anti-tank missile, a US Javelin anti-tank missile and a Stinger anti-aircraft missile. These weapons “fell into Russian hands” en route to Ukraine as military aid, the source told Sky.

Another drone deal worth $200 million (around R3.5 billion) was also struck between the two countries in recent days, Sky reported.

Western weapons that Iran allegedly received could be instrumental in Iran’s own weapons development systems.

Iran, subject to successive waves of international sanctions, develops and manufactures much of its own military hardware in isolation.

This Western-developed wearable gear he was supposed to receive has proven invaluable to Ukraine’s defense since the invasion began, as Stavros Atlamazoglou previously reported for Insider.

But, the source told Sky, captured Western weapons will now “likely be reverse-engineered and used in future wars”.

Insider was unable to independently verify the claims. The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The Sky News source provided what appeared to be satellite images of two Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo planes arriving and departing Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran early on August 20.

Iran provided 166 drones in the exchange, Sky reported. This included 100 Shahed-136 drones, 60 smaller Shahed-131 drones and six Mohajer-6 drones all known as “kamikaze” or “suicide” drones as they explode and are destroyed on impact.

Both countries have denied reports that Iran is supplying Russia with drones for use on the battlefield in Ukraine. It was only on November 5 that Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian admitted to sending “a limited number of drones”, claiming that it had happened months before the war in Ukraine, as has been reported. reported Al-Jazeera.

In mid-October, a Russian defense official was caught on a hot mic saying it was an open secret that the Kremlin had indeed imported the drones.

Despite denials, US officials have come to the conclusion that on August 19, a Russian cargo plane left a Tehran airport carrying dozens of Iranian drones, as reported by The Washington Post.

The Sky News source said they were aware of at least five Russian planes carrying drones from Iran since August 20.

Other Western assessments, as well as photographic evidence, demonstrate that Russia is using drones in its wave of attacks on Ukrainian cities.