Silicon Lifeline: Western Electronics at the Heart of Russia's War Machine

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Russia's war against Ukraine has relied on Western electronics.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 has not gone to plan. Launched in the expectation of a surgical occupation of Ukrainian cities, it has become a grinding attritional struggle that is rapidly degrading the Russian military. This report, which contains an examination of the components and functioning of 27 of Russia’s most modern military systems – including cruise missiles, communications systems and electronic warfare complexes – concludes that the degradation in Russian military capability could be made permanent if appropriate policies are implemented.

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Western Electronics at the Heart of Russia's War Machine


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James Byrne

Director, OSIA

Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA)

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Gary Somerville

Research Fellow

Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA)

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Joe Byrne

Research Fellow

Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA)

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Dr Jack Watling

Senior Research Fellow, Land Warfare

Military Sciences

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Nick Reynolds

Research Analyst, Land Warfare

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Jane Baker

Independent Consultant

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