Ukraine says Russia wants to produce 1,300 Shahed drones by the end of 2023

Iranian Kamikaze suicide drone (shahed drone)

Vadym Skibitskyi, a representative of Ukraine’s military intelligence directorate, has said Russia wants to produce 1,300 Shahed drones by the end of 2023, according to a report by Ukraine’s national news agency Ukrinform.

According to him, Russia has started working on establishing a powerful production of unmanned aerial vehicles on its territory.

“Russians can use components of both foreign and domestic production. At the same time, in fact, they are not capable of producing such a number of UAVs today,” Skibitskyi told Ukrinform.

‘Increasingly lucrative’ Russian armed forces

The UK’s defence ministry has said that military service in the Russian armed forces has become “increasingly lucrative” since the country invaded Ukraine last February.

“It is highly likely that the salary and additional benefits are a strong incentive for personnel to join up, especially to those from the poorer areas of Russia. However, Russia is still unlikely to meet its targets for recruiting volunteers to the ranks,” the ministry said in a statement on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter).

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