Weapons used by Putin’s forces in the invasion of Ukraine consisted of hundreds of parts made in the US and Europe, a study says
Wladimir PutinRussia acquired key technology from companies in the US, Europe and Asia for the invasion of Ukraine, according to a new report.
What happened: That Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a defense think tank, said in a research report that more than 450 foreign-made components have been found in Russian weapons seized in Ukraine.
It noted that since the war began in February, the Ukrainian military has captured or recovered intact or partially damaged Russian weapons from the battlefield. Upon disassembly, it was found that 27 of these military weapons, ranging from cruise missiles to air defense systems, rely mostly on foreign components sourced from other parts of the world.
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Defense think tank RUSI found that US-based companies made about two-thirds of the components of military weapons. According to the report, products are made by US manufacturers Analog Devices and Texas Instruments accounted for nearly a quarter of all western components in the guns, while other components came from companies in countries like Japan, South Korea, the UK, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
“Russian weapons, which are critically dependent on Western electronics, have resulted in the deaths of thousands of Ukrainians,” he said. Jack Watlinga land warfare specialist at RUSI and one of the co-authors of the report, said.
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