Russia, which continues to face setbacks in its war in Ukraine, is expected to receive a new weapons package from Iran nearly eight months after the invasion began, aimed at bolstering its military.
Iran, which has emerged as one of Russia’s global allies as the invasion backlash left the Kremlin increasingly alienated from much of Europe and the West, will provide Moscow’s military with new drones and missiles that match those used by the US deployed M142 could compete -HIMARS, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The missiles could replenish Russia’s military equipment for weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of troops. Ukraine has claimed to have destroyed large amounts of Russian equipment, including more than 2,500 tanks and 300 cruise missiles, although the numbers could not be independently verified.
The deal also comes as Ukraine reported that Iranian drones were being used in the war. An Iranian security official told Reuters: “[Russia] wanted to buy hundreds of our missiles, even intermediate-range missiles, but we told them that we could soon ship a few hundred of their required short-range surface-to-surface missiles Zolfaghar and Fateh-110.
The official added that the missiles will be delivered “soon,” Reuters reported.
For example, Iran’s Zolfaghar and Fateh-110 missiles compare to M142 HIMARS, a missile system provided to Ukraine by the US and touted as a turning point in the war.
Iranian missiles have a longer range
The longer range is perhaps the biggest advantage Iranian missiles have over HIMARS.
The US has given Ukraine HIMARS capable of firing at targets up to 50 miles away. The US has been pressured by Ukrainian leaders to provide long-range missiles, but the Biden administration has been reluctant to do so. Russia, meanwhile, has said the US providing long-range missiles to Ukraine would cross a red line.
But Russia will receive missiles from Iran that can fly hundreds of kilometers. The Fateh-110 is capable of hitting targets at a range of about 186 miles, according to Reuters, while the Zolfaghar is capable of hitting targets at a range of 435 miles.
HIMARS offers an accuracy of one meter
However, HIMARS could surpass Iranian missiles in terms of accuracy when hitting a target. HIMARS can hit a target with an accuracy of up to one meter, the Marines said. HIMARS’ accuracy has allowed the missiles to destroy key Russian targets, including bridge crossings, ammunition depots and command posts.
According to Military Today, the Fateh-110 missile hits targets at a range of five to 10 meters. That According to the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, the Zolfaghar missile is also said to have an accuracy of about 10 miles.
The deal comes as Russia scrambles to achieve notable goals in Ukraine. Despite a large number of soldiers, the invasion revealed weaknesses in Putin’s troops. Moscow is struggling to recruit and retain experienced and motivated troops. Military leaders in Russia are under pressure at home, fueling fears that Putin could resort to nuclear weapons if his military were defeated in Ukraine.
The Defense Ministry last week announced an additional $725 million in new military aid to Ukraine, including additional ammunition for its powerful missile systems.
The Biden administration is facing some pressure to make the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) available to Ukraine, but the Pentagon has said that Ukraine “does not currently need ATACMS to serve targets eligible for the current fight are directly relevant”.
news week has asked the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an opinion.
https://www.newsweek.com/how-irans-zolfaghar-fateh-110-missiles-compare-us-supplied-himars-1752885 Comparison of Iran’s Zolfaghar, Fateh-110 missiles with US-supplied HIMARS