Six sources: 400+ Tehran missiles allegedly in Kremlin hands

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Reuters’ sources, who preferred to remain anonymous, claim that Iran has shipped approximately 400 ballistic missiles to Russia. The missile type mentioned, the Fateh-110 family, can reach distances between 300 to 700 kilometers. Astoundingly, these aren’t the only weapons of their kind that the Russians possess. 

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According to the report, Iran began supplying ballistic missiles to Russia as early as January 2024. These shipments were the result of numerous rounds of negotiations held in Moscow and Tehran. As of now, there have been four missile deliveries, with several more anticipated in the coming weeks. 

The transport of these missiles, according to sources, was facilitated both via the Caspian Sea and air freight from Iran. One Iranian official, while maintaining anonymity, indicated to Reuters that “there will be more deliveries” and affirmed Iran’s right to export weapons to “any country they want”

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There hasn’t been any official commentary from the US government or the Ukrainian military-political leadership regarding this ballistic missile transfer from Iran to Russia. However, it is anticipated that such comments are not far off. In the absence of these official statements, we can only hypothesize about the situation. 

First and foremost, it is worth mentioning that the reported 400 ballistic missiles Iran has shipped exceed the production capacity of the Russian military-industrial complex for this type of weaponry. The Russians currently can manufacture roughly 30 ballistic missiles for the Iskander OTRK per month, or around 360 in a year. 

Given this scenario, it would not seem farfetched to think that Russia may reciprocate by initiating arms supplies to Iran. This may also include paying Iran for the missiles they’ve delivered. However, it remains uncertain what arms Russia might begin shipping to Tehran. 

By late 2023, the Russian Federation had already commenced supplying Iran with Su-35 and Yak-130 aircraft, along with Mi-28 attack helicopters. There are also rumors that Tehran expressed interest in acquiring the newest air defense systems and coastal anti-ship complexes from Moscow. 

The real concern for Ukraine, given the supposed “arms transfer” between Iran and Russia, is their limited resources to counter ballistic missiles. Thus, the provision of additional anti-missile systems and OTRK from the West becomes an absolute necessity for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. 

The information reminds us that, according to sources, Russia has also allegedly received ammunition from North Korea

Photo by Hossein Velayati

Frontelligence Insight, after rigorous analysis, has revealed insights into the transportation methods used to move projectiles from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] to Russia and identified the three primary storage bases before distribution to frontline forces. 

Reports indicate the journey of North Korean weapons to the Russian Federation usually begins at DPRK’s northeastern port, the Raijin. The cargo usually reaches a small harbor near Dunay village in Primorsky Krai [Konyushkov Bay], close to Vladivostok, via container vessels. 

The containers arrive at Konyushkov Bay, which, back in the latter part of the 1970s during the USSR era, was home to the 9th Division of Diesel Submarines and served as a weapons depot. The depot housed ballistic and cruise missiles for strategic submarines codenamed “Shkotovo-16”, although it was considered deserted by 2021. 

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Ordinarily, these DPRK-sourced shells are transported to one of three rear bases in the Russian Federation. First is the 719th base in the Tikhoretsk district of the Krasnodar Territory. Satellite images suggest it underwent expansion from around mid-August 2023, ostensibly acting as the primary artillery ammunition depot for the Russian Federation. 

Mozdok, located in North Ossetia, is the second on this list, believed to be a storage space for ballistic missiles. While the FronteIntelligence Insight OSINT group couldn’t find sufficient proof of weapon transportation to this base, its proximity to the airport, hosting Tu-22M3 bombers and MiG-31Ks, deserves attention. This airport also accommodates the Russian Air Force’s transport aircraft. 

The third on the roster is a recently built, modest warehouse near Egorlytske village in the Rostov Region. Located on the premises of a now-defunct airport about three kilometers from the village, this base began erecting ammunition shelters in September 2023. 

After the arrival of ammunition at these bases, it’s dispatched across various Russian units on the frontlines. This dissemination process incorporates both military and civilian vehicles to move the supplies to mini bases at the front line.

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