Opportunities to Disrupt Iran-Russia Drone Axis

On April 2, a Ukrainian drone struck a manufacturing plant in the Alabuga Special Economic Zone in Russia that coproduces Iran-designed drones. This production capability allows Russia to fire over 100 Iran-designed drones into Ukraine per week, as GEN Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), testified on March 21.

The Iran-Russia drone axis presents a consistent threat to safety in Europe and the Middle East, where Iran-backed terrorist groups have launched hundreds of drones against Israel and U.S. forces since the October 7 terrorist attack. The United States should work with its partners—namely Israel and Ukraine—to disrupt this axis, focusing on the production and proliferation of deadly drones.