As reported by the pro-Kremlin newspaper “Kommersant”, new regulations introduced by Beijing in early September have “seriously complicated the supply of drones to Russia and led to a shortage of many components, such as thermal imaging cameras”. These parts are responsible for, among others: for detecting and guiding targets.
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China’s decision leads to a jump in prices
The restrictions introduced may affect mainly specialist services military dronesconsumer drones and unmanned vehicles with a flight time longer than 30 minutes.
— The actual impact of this ban on the Russian market mainly comes down to an increase in the prices of existing and available Chinese drones and components already in Russia — said Samuel Bendett from the US Center for Marine Analysis in an interview with newsweek.com.
As the expert suggests, if the Russian industry endures the temporary impasse, it may learn to produce the missing elements itself, which would result in pushing the Chinese out of the Russian market.
Where do the Russians get drones?
The Russians practically do not produce their own military drones on an industrial scale, which is why Putin’s army had to buy equipment from its allies and partners for the invasion of Ukraine. There was talk about Iran supplying drones to Russia many months ago. However, this was finally confirmed when the Ukrainians shot down Iranian drones during fighting on the front.
Source: newsweek.com, businessinsider.pl