Russian troops reportedly have received new body armor, plate carriers and helmets from Iran.
Social media, including accounts associated with Russian military bloggers, shared photos of Rouin-3 ballistic vest with NIJ IV ceramic plates and a NIJ II helmet, both manufactured by Iranian Milad Industrial.
According to some reports, like one from The Jerusalem Post, Iran is continuing to expand its defense product sales to Russia with helmets, and body armor.
In mid-October, the Ukrainian Intelligence Directorate also claimed that Russia is to receive 1,500 pieces of body armor and just as many helmets manufactured by Iran. Moscow has also received an unspecified amount of ammunition.
Business Insider has reported that many mobilized Russian reservists had to buy their own military gear.
Thousands of Russian reservists drafted for the Ukraine war scramble to purchase their own supplies because Moscow isn’t giving them what they need, a media report said. Some items like body armor vests cost up to 10 times than normal.
Besides Iranian loitering munitions, #Russia apparently also purchased Iranian body armour- this kit was received by some mobilized troops.
We can observe a Rouin-3 ballistic vest with NIJ IV ceramic plates and a NIJ II helmet, both manufactured by 🇮🇷 Milad Industrial. pic.twitter.com/jYVRZ9reaX
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) November 15, 2022