Rostec State Corporation continues to purchase electronic equipment from NATO countries for the production of weapons, despite the sanctions, they write “critical stories”.
The “daughter” of the company, the concern “Radioelectronic Technologies” (KRET), through intermediaries, acquires components for the production of electronic warfare equipment. These bombs are then used in the fighting in Ukraine.
The production of the Khibiny electronic countermeasures complex requires Western electronic components. They have been called Russian “wonder weapons” and are used to protect Russian aircraft from air defense systems, including Ukrainian ones.
These complexes are constructed by KRET. However, the subsidiary of Rostec was approved back in 2014, so it cannot buy parts directly. To do this, the company uses a network of intermediaries.
After studying the company’s financial and customs documents, the publication writes that KRET uses three chains of intermediary companies. One such company is the formally private Testkomplekt. Its founder “almost certainly” is the wife of one of the KRET managers – Spartak Antikovich Khaidarov, writes “critical stories”. The company purchases essential components from gasket companies in Hong Kong and China owned by affiliated businesses.
After that, Testkomplekt resells the spare parts to Radiopriborsnab, a subsidiary of KRET. KRETA has 49.9% stake in it, so all restrictions do not apply to it.
Experts from the Royal Defense Research Institute (RUSI) wrote that 450 types of non-Russian electronic components were found on the battlefield in Ukraine, and 317 of them were manufactured by American companies. He studied 27 types of Russian weapons that were found on the battlefield.
Earlier, “Important Stories” already wrote about Rostec’s plan to circumvent Western sanctions in a joint investigation with Reuters and RUSI. According to a similar scheme, subsidiaries of the state corporation purchased parts for Orlan drones.
Despite the sanctions, the flow of Western chips to Russia did not stop, wrote Reuter also in a joint investigation by RUSI. It is provided by small companies from “friendly countries”. In total, from April to November, imports of microcircuits to Russia amounted to $2.6 billion, with goods produced by Western brands such as Intel and AMD accounting for at least $777 million.