The Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hussein Salami claims Tehran has sold homegrown weapons to foreign customers, including some major world powers.
Local news outlet Kayhan reported that the IRGC commander made those comments during his visit to an exhibition of the air defense and electronic products of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Thursday.
The U.S. believes Russia is deploying Iran-made drones against Ukraine. In July, U.S. President's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated that Iran is allegedly preparing to provide Moscow with several hundred UAVs, including attack UAVs, in an accelerated manner.
“We have information that indicates that the Iranian government is preparing to hand over to Russia several hundred UAVs, including attack ones, in an expedited manner," Sullivan noted.
Iran has produced several drones including the Mohajer-6, Shahed-129, and Shahed-191, some of which have been used to attack military bases of the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East, oil refineries and other facilities. They were seen in military conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq.
As per flight tracking portal Flightradar, at least three flights of large cargo planes from Iran to Russia were spotted over recent weeks.
Sources in the U.S. government told CNN in August that intelligence about the training was recently declassified. "For the past few weeks, Russian officials have been conducting training in Iran as part of the agreement on the transfer of UAVs from Iran to Russia," the newspaper reported, citing an American official familiar with the situation.
Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Nasser Kanaani, had said back in July that the cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation began even before the war in Ukraine.