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Hackers leak cost of Iranian Shaheds for Russia

Iran initially asked for $375,000 per unit.

Hackers leak cost of Iranian Shaheds for Russia
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A group of hackers from Prana Network has hacked into the mail servers of the Iranian company IRGC Sahara Thunder and published data on the cost of Iranian Shahed drones for Russia, Militarnyy has reported.

The servers contained an array of data on the production of Shahed-136 attack drones.

Prana Network announced the hack on 4 February. Sahara Thunder is a front company of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that facilitates the illegal sale of weapons from Iran to Russia.

The documents used a special font instead of the real name of the product, which in the case of drones sounds like "motor boat of Dolphin 632 type".

According to the documents, Russia was to produce 6,000 Iranian drones at its facilities within two and a half years.

Iran initially asked for $375,000 per unit, but during the negotiations the price was "knocked down" to $193,000 per unit when ordering 6,000 drones or $290,000 when ordering 2,000 UAVs.

The total value of the production contract, which also includes the transfer of technology, equipment, 6,000 UAV kits, and software, is $1.750 billion.

According to the plans for 2023, with full localisation of production with minimal supply of Iranian components, the projected cost of the Shahed-136 should be $48,800 per unit.

At the same time, the price at which the Shaheds will be delivered to the customer will be $165,500.

According to other published documents, Russia is at least partially paying Iran in gold.

For example, in February last year, Alabuga Machinery transferred 2,067,795 grams of gold bullion to the Iranian front company Sahara Thunder, presumably as payment for services and goods.

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