Ukrainian officials have warned that the two types of Iranian drones are just the beginning of Iranian support for Russia. They say Iran plans to send Russia both cruise and ballistic missiles that it can use in Ukraine.
Norman Roule, a three-decade veteran of the CIA and now a consultant at the U.S.-based advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran, warned that the combination of drones and missiles one day might be used against Western powers.
“This Ukraine conflict provides Iran with a unique and low-risk opportunity to test its weapons systems against modern Western defenses,” Mr. Roule said. “We rightfully disparage Russian battle performance, but Iran likely also uses this engagement to sharpen the skills of its military.”