An analysis of the wreckage carried out by Defense Intelligence Agency specialists showed that the Houthi UAVs Waid 1 and Waid 2 and the Russian Geraniums have similar characteristic design elements.
Houthi rebels based in Yemen are equipped with the same Iranian-made attack drones used by Russian troops that invaded Ukraine, according to a US intelligence agency. Defense News observers reported this on February 8.
Such conclusions were made by experts based on the details found, as well as a visual comparison of publicly available images.
According to a published report by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), analysis of the wreckage of downed drones of Yemeni militants showed that Iran is arming its proxies, including Waid 1 and Waid 2 drones. According to DIA experts, they have common distinctive features with the Iranian Shahed-131/ 136. We are talking about the fuselage structure, pitot tubes and extended nose cones.
The Russian drones “Geran-1” and “Geran-2”, which are also drones of Iranian origin, although under a different brand, have the same characteristic design elements.
“The Waid 2 wing stabilizers shown by the Houthis in Yemen match the size and shape of the wings of the Shahed-136 shown in Iran and the wreckage of the Geran-2 – Russian name for the Shahed-136 – found after Russian attacks in Ukraine,” the assessment said. DIA.
In addition, last October, Ukraine captured an almost intact Mohajer 6 drone in the Black Sea. Components recovered from the wreckage have markings very similar to those seen in Iran. This Iranian-origin drone has been publicly demonstrated in Iran and Iraq and can be easily identified by its distinctive tail, as well as the surveillance equipment and guided munitions it carries.
When asked about the proliferation of Iranian drones among two different militaries in two different regions, a DIA spokesman noted that all the information the agency has “on this topic is contained in the report and accompanying release.” The agency, based at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling south of the Capitol, is the military's primary source of foreign intelligence.
The use of Iranian drones in the Middle East was also noted by Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh in an interview with reporters on February 6. She said the US Department of Defense has made it very clear that Iran is supplying the Houthis and other militias backed by the Iranian military with weapons and capabilities, including drones.
Let us recall that at the end of November last year, unmanned aerial vehicles similar to the Russian Shahed attacked Tula in the Russian Federation. At the same time, journalists noted that it has nothing in common with the UJ-22 and the Beavers.