After supplying Shahed-136 and Shahed-131 suicide drones to the Russian Federation, the iranian government is now planning to send more powerful drones such as the Arash long-range loitering munition, and it’s indigenously-developed Fateh-110 tactical ballistic missile and it’s longer-range varient, the Zolfaghar road-mobile ballistic missiles. Iranian-supplied drones has been very successful and helpful for the Russian Armed Forces in conducting continuous attacks in several Ukrainian cities and important targets. Suicide drones are very much cheaper as compared to the long range cruise missiles such as the Kalibr which russia uses to attack in Ukraine. So, with the potential supply of these above-mentioned weapon systems to Russia, the Russian Military Air strikes operations in Ukraine is going to be more deadly. In this article, i will explain briefly about the capabilities of these new iranian-made weapons.
According to recent reports published by several media houses such as The Washington Post, on October 16, 2022, Iran could strengthen its military support for Russia by providing Iranian-made short-range ballistic missiles Fateh-110 and Zolfaghar.
Although the Russian Forces are conducted successful air strikes in Ukraine with the help of iranian-supplied drones, but Iran has denied supplying Russia with weapons for use in Ukraine.
In a another report, the Army Recognition said that, at the beginning of the 1960s, Moscow and Tehran started to expand their relations in the field of defense and security. Approximately 15 years before the Islamic Revolution in Iran, many specialists’ Soviet military offered to help the advisor to Iran and many Iranian officers were studying in the Soviet Union.
In recent years, Russia has participated in joint projects with Iran for the development of weapons systems. From 1989 to 1991, four intergovernmental agreements were signed in the field of technology–military cooperation. Following these agreements, military equipment was sent to Iran including 2 long-range anti-aircraft missile systems, 24 fighter airplanes MiG-29, and 12 bomber aircraft Su-24 for an amount of 1.3 billion USD.
Since the 90s, Russia has delivered to Iran, 5,000 Fagot anti-tank missiles, 5,000 Malyutka anti-tank missiles, 3,000 Konkurs anti-tank missiles, 130 BMP-2 turret, 150 48N6 missiles for S-300PMU2 air defense systems, and search radar 64N6.
Fateh-110 tactical short-range ballistic missile of the Iranian Armed Forces
The Fateh-110, also known as NP-110 is an Iranian road-mobile single-stage solid-fueled surface-to-surface missile produced by Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization. The first generation of the Fateh-110 was flight tested in September 2002 and began mass production shortly thereafter. The initial range of the missile was 200 km and in September 2004 the second generation of the Fateh-110 increased the range to 250 km. The third generation of the missile, unveiled in 2010, increased the range to 300 km, and the fourth generation (2012) improved the accuracy.