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Defense Ministry to review claim Israeli-made lens found on Iranian drone in Ukraine

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

This undated photograph released by the Ukrainian military's Strategic Communications Directorate shows the wreckage of what Kyiv has described as an Iranian Shahed drone downed near Kupiansk, Ukraine. (Ukrainian military's Strategic Communications Directorate via AP, File)
This undated photograph released by the Ukrainian military's Strategic Communications Directorate shows the wreckage of what Kyiv has described as an Iranian Shahed drone downed near Kupiansk, Ukraine. (Ukrainian military's Strategic Communications Directorate via AP, File)

Israel’s Defense Ministry says it is reviewing a report by The Wall Street Journal that found Iranian drones were built using Western-made parts, and possibly with Israeli lenses.

The report said that an infrared lens on a Mohajer-6 UAV that was hijacked in Ukraine “appears to be identical to a model made by an Israeli firm, Ophir Optronics Solutions.”

“A preliminary review of the relevant international export control regimes indicates that the lens is neither a controlled defense item nor a dual-use item, according to Israeli law based on international arrangements,” the ministry says.

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