Russia's Su-type fighter jets reliant on foreign technology from US & Japan


Russia massively uses imported electronics in its Su-type fighter jets (military aircraft produced by Sukhoi, a Russian aircraft manufacturer), used to attack Ukraine despite Western sanctions, Skhemy (Radio Liberty) reported.

Russia's Su-type fighter jets used to attack Ukraine are massively reliant on illegally imported electronics, Radio Liberty's 'Schemes' project reported.

Produced by Russian manufacturer Sukhoi, the military aircraft still manage to acquire critical technology from Japan and the United States, bypassing Western sanctions.

Ukrainian intelligence shared a list of more than 2,000 foreign parts used in five Russian fighter jets — the Su-27SM3, Su-30SM, Su-34, Su-35S, and latest generation Su-57.

Sukhoi is especially reliant on parts from Japan's Murata Manufacturing, and the U.S.' Texas Instruments and Analog Devices, the report showed.

"These electronics plays a key role in navigation and guidance systems designed for missiles and aerial bombs, means of radio-electronic warfare, and communication between aircraft and control points," Radio Liberty reported.

A number of intermediaries are involved in the supply chain of Western electronics to Russian factories, including from Hungary, Cyprus, Turkey, and China.

Some are already under American and Ukrainian sanctions, as well as those from other countries.

Russian suppliers also take part in this illicit supply chain.

Connected to Russia's military-industrial complex, some are still yet to face sanctions.

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Russia actively uses these fighters in the war against Ukraine and regularly reports on the Russian army receiving new planes.

Guided missiles, including the devastating Kh-59 and Kh-69 cruise missiles, are launched from Su aircrafts.

The report will be shared with the independent anti-corruption commission, institutions involved in imposing sanctions, officials from international partners, and other experts.

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