Drones used in Saudi Aramco attack have Iranian components

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Iranian involvement in drone attacks that targeted SaudiAramco facilities on Sept. 14 last year was further established by a reportpublished by Conflict Armament Research (CAR) on Wednesday.

CAR, a UK-based investigative organization thattracks the supply of conventional weapons, ammunition, and related militarymateriel (such as IEDs) into conflict-affected areas, claimed in its reportthat components of the drones used in the attacks were Iranian made.

CAR documented a component called the "vertical gyroscope"and according to UAV experts familiar with this technology, suchvertical gyroscopes "have not been observed in any UAVs other than thosemanufactured by Iran."

"The gyroscopes appear to be of the same make — yet not thesame model — as a unit that Saudi authorities recovered following the aerialattack on the Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 14."

CAR findings follow a recently released report from theUnited Nations, saying its experts saw a similar gyroscope from an Iraniandrone obtained by the US military in Afghanistan, as well as in a shipment ofcruise missiles seized in the Arabian Sea bound for Yemen.

A gyroscope is a device that helps orient and guide a droneor missile to its target. The gyroscopes in question bear no manufacturer'sname and come in at least two versions labeled as V9 and V10, according to thereports. Their four-digit serial numbers also appear sequential, suggesting thesame manufacturer had built all of those found.

Saudi Arabia, the United States and other countries haveblamed Iran for the Aramco attack Iran denied any involvement.

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