Russian Weapon Systems Rely Heavily on Foreign Tech, Report Says




  • In World
  • 2022-08-08 15:23:17Z
  • By Bloomberg
 

(Bloomberg) -- Russian military systems depend highly on microelectronics components designed and produced in the US, Europe and east Asia, according to a report published Monday based on an examination of the remains of equipment used by the Kremlin's forces in Ukraine.

The report by the Royal United Services Institute in London inspected 27 weapon systems including state-of-the art cruise missiles and drones that were used since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February. It found at least 450 foreign-made components that were critical to their operation.

Putin has acknowledged his domestic industry's dependence on foreign technology since the start of the war, and signed a law in June that allows the import of electronics without the patent owner's approval. International sanctions banning the sale of semiconductors and dual-use technology, which has both military and commercial applications, have aimed to deter Russia from using such equipment in weapons.

Russia's military has used a huge amount of fire power after its plan for a quick victory was thwarted by Ukrainian resistance, and may have trouble replacing the equipment given its inability to domestically produce critical components through its import substitution programs, according to RUSI.

"The degradation in Russian military capability could be made permanent if appropriate policies are implemented," RUSI analysts including James Byrne and Gary Somerville wrote.

US-based companies provided most of the equipment, responsible for 70% of components discovered in the weapons. Japan, Taiwan and European Union members also provided many of the materials.

While some of the components are prosaic microelectronics produced as far back as the 1980s, others were probably acquired via clandestine networks run by Russian security agencies, the report said.

RUSI recommended a series of measures including strengthening export controls, preventing the manufacture of sensitive microelectronics under license in states that back Russia and cracking down on transshipment of controlled goods to Russia, in order to prevent its military from rearming.

More stories like this are available on bloomberg.com

©2022 Bloomberg L.P.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Hedge Fund Manager Says Fraud Conviction Should Be Tossed
Hedge Fund Manager Says Fraud Conviction Should Be Tossed
  • US
  • 2022-09-26 22:57:59Z

(Bloomberg) -- A former Platinum Partners fund manager convicted last month of rigging a bondholder vote has asked a US judge to overturn a jury's verdict...

Asia Faces Continued Pressure on Riskier Assets: Markets Wrap
Asia Faces Continued Pressure on Riskier Assets: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) -- Asian markets are set for a cautious open Tuesday following another selloff in US stocks, soaring bond yields and volatile currency markets as...

White House anxiously watches Meloni
White House anxiously watches Meloni's rise to power

Biden aides fear the far-right leader could weaken Italy's commitment to Ukraine.

Biden
Biden's Student-Debt Relief to Cost $400 Billion Over Decade, CBO Says

(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden's decision to forgive some federal student debt will cost the US Treasury at least $400 billion, the Congressional Budget ...

Putin Ally Teases Secret Meetings
Putin Ally Teases Secret Meetings 'That Could Destroy' America
  • World
  • 2022-09-26 20:35:14Z

(Photo by YURI KOCHETKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei disclosed on Monday that he attended a series of...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: World