Iran exhibited its prominent attack/reconnaissance drone, the Mohajer-6 at the Army 2022 event in Moscow in mid-August but denied it sold the same or any other UAV to Russia.
CNN reported August 29 that the U.S. now believes that Russia has officially purchased and transferred the Mohajer-6 and Shahed-series drones — the Shahed-129 and Shahed-191 — back to Russia, likely for use in the war in Ukraine.
However, an official from Iran's arms industry told defensemirror.com at the Army 2022 event that ended August 22, "We are exhibiting models of the Mohajer-6 and other drones as this is the first time we are participating at the Army 2022 event. This does not mean the drones have been sold to Russia."
Iranian defense firms are unwelcome at defense and aerospace trade shows in Europe and the Middle East among other locations due to U.S. sanctions against Tehran. Moscow is among the few places that Tehran can display its military products.
The offocial further said, "it is for the (Iranian) government to make decisions regarding weapons sales, we are here only to display and accept inquiries. But if the drone had been exported to Russia you would have seen it in a static or flying display."
The Mohajer-6 model displayed at Army 2022 had air-to-ground missiles strapped to its wings besides a reconnaissance payload.
Made by Iran Aviation Industries organization, the Mohajer-6 has a take-off weight of 670 kg and a payload weight of 100 kg. Its cruising speed is 130-300 km per hour while its operational range is 200 km. Its service ceiling is 18000 ft and endurance is 12 hour.
However, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said on August 22 that Tehran has become self-sufficient in drone industry and turned to an exporter without specifying to which country or countries Iranain drones are exported to.