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Iran reportedly sends hundreds of ballistic missiles to Russia


Iran presents its first hypersonic ballistic missile ‘Fattah’ (Conqueror) in an event attended by President Ebrahim Raisi and other government officials in Tehran, Iran on June 06, 2023.

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Iran has sent hundreds of its powerful ballistic missiles to the government of President Vladimir Putin in Russia, furthering the military cooperation between the two U.S. adversaries, Reuters reported this week, citing a number of unnamed senior Iranian military sources.

The reported transfer of the powerful weapons are set to strengthen Putin’s hand in Ukraine as the two-year mark of Russia’s full-scale invasion of its neighbor nears. It follows already-documented weapons cooperation between Tehran and Moscow since 2022, particularly with the transfer of Iranian-made Shahed drones that Russian forces have deployed to deadly effect in Ukraine.

Reuters reported that Iran delivered at least 400 of its short-range Fateh-110 ballistic missiles to Russia in January of this year, and that figure is likely to rise. Iran declined to comment to Reuters while Russia did not immediately respond.

“It was always a matter of when, not if, Iran would transfer ballistic missiles to Russia,” Behnam ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told CNBC.

“Iranian material support such as drones has kept Putin fighting in Ukraine for much longer than expected. Ballistic missiles will keep him in that fight for longer now.”

In 2022, U.S. Central Command estimated that Iran had over 3,000 ballistic missiles in its arsenal. Iran has in recent years developed advances and upgrades to its Fateh class of missiles improving things like precision, range, lethality, maneuverability, and survivability, analysts say. The Fateh-110 missile has an effective range of 300 kilometers (roughly 190 miles), is known to be highly accurate, and has been used in strikes from Iran into Iraq, Syria and Pakistan.

Iran presents its first hypersonic ballistic missile ‘Fattah’ (Conqueror) in an event attended by President Ebrahim Raisi and other government officials in Tehran, Iran on June 06, 2023.

Sepah News | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

“Iranian officials have indicated that more missiles are on the way. Iran manufactures the missiles domestically with very little input from foreign sources and can produce them in large numbers for an extended period of time,” analysts at political risk consultancy Eurasia Group wrote in a research note.

“The Iranian missiles offer Russia additional capabilities as it presses its advantage against Kyiv amid delays in additional U.S. aid,” it said.

Russian gains

Russia has chalked a substantial victory in the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka. It symbolizes a painful loss for Ukraine, and hundreds of Ukrainian troops are feared missing, potentially taken prisoner by Russian forces.

The Russian gains come as continuing U.S. aid for Ukraine becomes far less certain. The U.S. Senate in in mid-February passed a…



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