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Iran expands arms transfers to Russia for war in Ukraine

By Arie Egozi

The transfer of Iranian-made weapon systems to Russia for use in the war in Ukraine is expanding. The latest development is Iranian-made subsystems that transform 'dumb' bombs into very accurate gliding bombs.

 

According to a report on the website of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russian forces are increasingly using glide bombs. These include modified air bombs such as the FAB-500, KAB-500, and RPK-500, equipped with glide bomb components, most frequently deployed in the Luhansk and Kherson sectors of the front.

The think tank analysts also referenced a statement made on Tuesday by U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, who stated that Iran is supplying Russia with glide bombs and may be preparing to transfer short-range ballistic missiles.

 

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ISW clarified in the report that it is unclear whether Kirby meant Iran is supplying Russia only with glide bomb components or complete bombs.

The supply of Iranian-made subsystems that turn air-dropped bombs into highly accurate gliding weapon systems is occurring alongside the massive supply of Iranian-made armed drones to Russia. Iran has supplied large numbers of different types of armed drones to Russia, and according to some sources, these are now being assembled at a new site in Russia.

 

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