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24 Jan 2023

Hundreds of Western components found in Russian Orlan drones used against Ukraine, supply chain investigation shows; incl. co. responses & non-responses

A joint investigation between RUSI, Reuters and iStories shows that despite sanctions introduced against Russia, critical Western manufactured components are still being traded to Russian companies involved in production of Russia's UAV Orlan used in attacks on Ukraine. The report also alleges that exports of these components has significantly increased since the beginning of the invasion in February 2022 and that they are being shipped to Russia by a variety of distributors based in the United States, Europe, China, South Korea and Hong Kong.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited companies mentioned in the report to respond. Analog Devices, U-blox, Microchip Technology, STMicroelectronics, Qorvo, Texas Instruments, Gumstix and Supermicro provided responses available below. NXP Semiconductors, Xilinx, SIMcom, IK Tech Corporation, JST Manufacturing, Industrial Components Weirich, GA Universal, Luchengtech and Xinghua did not respond.

Company Responses

Analog Devices View Response
U-blox View Response
Microchip Technology View Response
Texas Instruments View Response
Qorvo, Inc. View Response
Gumstix View Response
Super Micro Computer, Inc. View Response
NXP Semiconductors

No Response

Xilinx

No Response

SIMcom

No Response

IK Tech Corporation

No Response

JST Manufacturing

No Response

Industrial Components Weirich

No Response

GA Universal

No Response

Luchengtech

No Response

Xinghua Co Ltd

No Response

STMicroelectronics View Response

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