British-made parts for jamming systems and military radios are found in Russian weapons in Ukraine
- British-made components were found in Russian weapons systems in Ukraine
- They were discovered by experts in hardware abandoned by Russian forces
- Kremlin uses front companies and blackmail to obtain Western components
- Admiral attributes Russia’s failures on the battlefield to ‘amazing incompetence’
British-made components have been found in Russian weapons systems in Ukraine, triggering an investigation by the UK government.
High-tech UK parts for jamming systems and military radios were discovered as experts picked through hardware abandoned by Russian forces.
One Borisoglebsk-2 mobile jamming system contained components made in the UK, US, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan and the Netherlands.
Investigators from the Royal United Services Institute military think-tank found that the Kremlin uses front companies, intermediaries and blackmail to obtain Western components.
It appears that manufacturers do not know where the parts are ending up.
Russian army tanks drive during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade which will take place at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square on May 9
The UK’s Department for International Trade is now exploring how it can prevent British-made parts being used by Russia’s war machine.
Russia is thought to have lost 40,000 troops, either killed, captured or wounded, as well as thousands of tanks and aircraft since the war began.
Admiral James Stavridis, a former Nato commander, last night attributed Russia’s failures on the battlefield to ‘amazing incompetence’.