British missiles captured by Russia for Iran ‘do not contain advanced technology’ | UK News


It is not a problem if Russia gives Iran British anti-tank missiles intended for Ukraine that they have captured because they do not contain advanced technology, the defense secretary said.

At the same time, Britain and other NATO allies were enjoying an ‘incredible opportunity’ to learn more about the president Vladimir Poutineof the military capabilities of Russian weapons captured by the Ukrainians, Ben Wallace told Sky News.

He said the UK was examining a Sky News report this week that Moscow sent British and US anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles to Tehran with 140m euros (£122m) in August, which they intend to trade for dozens of deadly missiles. drones intended for use against Ukraine.

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NLAW, Javelin and Stinger ammunition was intended for the Ukrainian army but fell into Russian hands, according to a security source.

“Of course we don’t want those things to happen,” Wallace said. “But basically that’s the risk we took when we decided it was important to help Ukraine.”

It also worked both ways, with the UK and other NATO allies being able to learn from Russian weapons captured by the Ukrainians.

Russia lost a significant number of his A-level abilities – they were captured by the hundreds and thousands,” Mr Wallace said.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for NATO countries to understand the technologies used in Russian equipment and it will give us a very strategic advantage in the future.”

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As for the NLAW anti-tank missiles that the UK has donated to Ukraine, they are extremely effective pieces of equipment, but they are not equipped with the next-generation technology, which the UK is currently working on, said said the Secretary of Defense.

“That means there will be differences between what the Iranians – if they have NLAWs – develop and what we have and that goes the same for the American Javelins… So I’m not particularly worried But of course it was a risk that we took as a calculation.”

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He added: “Iran has a history of reverse engineering. He has always been very cunning in taking technologies from abroad and trying to turn them into his own abilities.

“And indeed the Ukrainians have captured Iranian drones which we have seen on TV which shows a significant number of Western components inside.”

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