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The Iranian-made death drones used by Russian against Ukraine may not actually be being built in Iran, it has been revealed.
Russia is believed to have been increasing its use of the Shahed-136 drone on targets across Ukraine in recent months.
According to the experts at Army Recognition, they are also called suicide or kamikaze drone developed and manufactured by Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company.
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However, according to several anti-Kremlin Russian media outlets, the horrific weapons are not being made in Iran at all.
They are allegedly being created in a small Russian town called Alabuga in the Republic of Tatarstan region.
And investigation by YoutTube channel Разворот (Reversal), the drones are officially made in the area which is actually classed as a special economic zone.
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Essentially, the area is used primarily for industrial production – and that now includes murder drones.
The group who discovered the information claim that the area is now “a new springboard for the Russian military-industrial complex”.
Anti-Kremlin Russian news source Meduza, which translated the Russian YouTube video about the report, claims: “According to the authors of the investigation, Shahed-136 kamikaze drones are being assembled in Alabuga, components for them are completely supplied from Iran.
“According to journalists, the agreement with Iran provides for the training of specialists from Alabuga on the territory of Iranian production.
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“The first such trip took place in March 2023 – currently, senior specialists and key management staff are undergoing training.
“It is assumed that more than 200 people, including mid-level specialists and students, will undergo such training in Iran.”
The factory where the drones are being made is thought to be around the same size is six full-size football pitches, although a new factory around three times the size is currently being built just for production of the drones.
The Daily Star has reached out to the Kremlin for a comment.
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