Russia Sends Iran Cyber Weapons in Exchange for Shahed Drones

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Russia is sending Iran cyber weapons, which includes digital surveillance tools, in exchange for Shahed drones for the purpose of attacking Ukrainian infrastructure. 

WSJ noted that Russo-Iranian ties have bolstered after Iran agreed to supply, on top of drones, short-range missiles and tank and artillery rounds. “Russian authorities have determined that the benefits of advancing the military relationship with Iran outweigh any downsides,” the WSJ reported.

Iran is looking for help on cybersecurity matters in addition to what American and Iranian officials have said are requests for several elite Russian attack helicopters, fighter planes, and assistance with its long-range missile program. 

Per the WSJ, the main supplier of cyber services to Iran is the Russian company PROTEI. Curiously, this company has contracts with the Russian Defense Ministry and is part of the Russian military-industrial complex. 

Since the start of its “special military operation” in Ukraine, Russia has supplied Iran with communication-surveillance tools, in addition to eavesdropping devices, advanced photography devices,  and lie detectors.

The Russia-Iran alliance is only growing stronger by the day. The US’s belligerent actions towards Iran and Russia — color revolutions, proxy wars, and sanctions — have naturally drawn these otherwise historical rivals together.  These are some of the many obstacles the US will face in the multipolar era. In the unipolar era, the US could throw its weight around without many consequences. 

However, in this new era, the US will face stiff resistance from the Eurasian powers as they build alliances to counter Western geopolitical encroachments in the region. Should the Collective West push the envelope too hard, they will meet the nastiest form of great power blowback, which could potentially go nuclear. 

Our Latest Articles