How effective are Iran’s kamikaze drones?

Russia’s recent aerial attack on Kiev has once again been on the agenda. This time, Putin’s front hit the people with the ‘Kamikaze UAV’. So how does the Kamikaze drone work and how does it hit the target?

While the war between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for months, the loss of life and property is increasing day by day. In the war where UAV-SIHA, tanks and other weapons were used, this time ‘Kamikaze UAV’ became the agenda.

Recently, Russia attacked the people of Kyiv with Kamikaze UAVs. The use of UAVs, which caused loss of life, on the civilian population drew a lot of reaction. So how long has Russia been using Kamikaze and what is the working system of these drones?


The Kamikaze UAV used by Russia on the civilian population is made in Iran and is called Shahed-136. Allegedly, Russian soldiers have been actively using these drones in combat since mid-September.

Russia’s Kamikaze, nicknamed Sardinia-2, originally known as Shahed-136, is a type of flying bomb. With a warhead filled with explosives, this drone is capable of hovering over the target until the order to attack is given.

Explosives explode on impact, and the drone is destroyed in the process. The Iranian-made Shahed-136 has a wingspan of about 2.5 meters and is very difficult to detect on radar.

“They fly low and you can see them in waves,” military expert Justin Crump told the BBC. It is very difficult to counter this swarm of drones with air defense,” he said. These UAVs, which intimidate the enemy, have a price of around $20,000.


It is a matter of curiosity whether Ukraine also uses Kamikaze against Russia. Allegedly, Ukraine recently carried out an airstrike with these UAVs at an airbase in western Crimea. While it was remarkable that both countries benefited from these drones, Russia’s use of these drones on the people drew the world’s reaction.

Ece Nagihan

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