Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine published a list of Western companies that continue to produce microchips with GLONASS support that help guide Russian missiles to Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure.
Russian missiles do not reach their targets without clear coordinates, which are determined by navigation systems. To guide missiles, the Russian Federation uses its own GLONASS satellite network, created in 1982 by order of the Ministry of Defense of the USSR. This is a kind of analogue of GPS. GLONASS is a dual-purpose system, but it is mainly used by the Russian military.
The use of GLONASS depends on microchips produced by foreign companies. Russian missiles and drones are equipped with foreign-made civilian microchips with GLONASS support, which the Russians use for military purposes.
A number of foreign companies even today continue to produce microchips with GLONASS support, with many of them even located in the United States:
- Linx Technologies (USA);
- Broadcom (USA);
- Qualcomm (USA);
- Telit (USA);
- Maxim Integrated (USA);
- TRIMBLE (USA);
- Cavli Wireless (USA);
- u-blox AG (Switzerland);
- STMicroelectronics (Switzerland);
- Sierra Wireless (Canada);
- NovAtel (Canada);
- Septentrio (Belgium);
- Antenova (Great Britain).
Russia continues to purchase such microchips through numerous shell companies. The chips of the companies listed above are used in Orlan-10 and Shahed-136 UAVs, Tornado-S and Smerch anti-aircraft missiles, Iskander, Kalibr and Kinzhal missiles, Kh-101 cruise missiles, Kh-555, Kh-38, Kh-59MK, Kh-31.
Foreign companies should realize the direct impact of their products on Russia’s defense capabilities and the fact that thanks to their chips, the Russians are committing genocide against Ukrainians. These companies should stop producing chips with GLONASS support and remove the function of supporting this navigation system from all their devices.