Foreign companies continue to produce chips for Russian missiles – GUR

This is reported by GUR MOU.

Russian missiles do not reach targets without clear coordinates that define the navigation systems. To control missiles, Russia uses its own development of GLONASS, an analogue of GPS. GLONASS was created in 1982 by order of the USSR Ministry of Defense. Although GLONASS is a dual-use system, it is mainly used by the Russian military for weapons against Ukrainian cities.

There is a weakness in the Russian navigation system – GLONASS relies on microchips produced by foreign companies. Russian missiles and drones have foreign-made GLONASS-compatible microchips – mostly civilian chips, but Russians use them for military purposes. The chips receive and process coordinates from GLONASS, and rockets use this information to orient themselves in space and target Ukraine’s civil and energy infrastructure.

The GUR MO published a list of foreign companies that continue to produce microchips with GLONASS support:

— Linx Technologies (US);
– Broadcom (US);
— Qualcomm (US);
— Telit (US);
— Maxim Integrated (US);
— Cavli Wireless (US);
— u-blox AG (Switzerland);
— STMicroelectronics (Switzerland);
—Sierra Wireless (Canada);
— NovAtel (Canada);
— Septentrio (Belgium);
– Antenova (Great Britain).

“Russia, in turn, continues to buy GLONASS-enabled microchips through numerous front companies and distributors. In any case, they are used in weapons such as Orlan-10 and Shahed-136 drones, Tornado-S Smerch MLRS, Iskander, Caliber and Dagger missiles, as well as aviation and cruise missiles X-101, X-555, X-38, X- 59MK, X-31. foreign production, the Russians will have to build their own microelectronics from scratch Export control and control by manufacturers will not work in this case, because Russia is constantly coming up with new ways to circumvent sanctions and acquire technologies.

Foreign companies should realize the direct impact of their products on Russia’s defense capabilities, stop producing GLONASS-compatible chips and remove support for this navigation system from all their devices. – summarized in the GUR MO.


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