As a result of the US sanctions against Russia, the Russian military is apparently forced to use computer chips from old kitchen appliances for their tanks. The Washington Post reported this, referring to a statement by US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
Since the start of the war, US engineering exports to Russia have fallen by 70 percent, according to the US Department of Commerce. The value of total exports from the United States fell by 97 percent.
In her speech, Raimondo also reported on two Russian tank production companies that had to shut down completely for the time being due to a lack of material.
Russia itself produces hardly any computer chips, which, however, are essential for military technology. The majority of the material has always been sourced from western, but also from Asian manufacturers.
The USA recently issued further sanctions, which also restrict the export of third countries to Russia, the export of which is carried out by a so-called “US person” or contains material from US production. This is true of most computer chips made around the world.
According to “Business Insider”, the British Defense Minister also reports severe technical restrictions on the Russian military. According to this, a Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber was found with rudimentary GPS systems glued to the dashboard.
According to British Defense Minister Wallace, Russia does not have sufficient technology, so that paper maps from the 1980s were even found in some vehicles.