A British defense and aerospace firm has manufactured components found in a Russian weapons system, the Sunday Mail can reveal.
TT Electronics parts have been salvaged from equipment used by Putin’s army on the battlefield in Ukraine.
The company has admitted to making “historical sales” of “commercial components” to Russia, but insists it has received “end-user” assurances that they will not be used in military applications.
The Department for International Trade launched an investigation into British-made devices used in Ukraine last week.
It came as a report by a Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) think tank claimed to have found a “consistent pattern” of reliance on foreign components.
We used identification codes found on the transistors detailed in the study to link them to the multinational TT Electronics, headquartered in Woking.
The global defence, aerospace and medical electronics company is led by £1.5m-a-year chief executive Richard Tyson.
A spokesperson said: “TT Electronics acts in compliance with all export control laws and regulations and operates a detailed export control compliance program.
“The components referenced in the Rusi report are commercial components and are neither classified as military nor dual-use components under UK export control regulations.
“For historical sales of these commercial components to Russian entities, end-user certificates have been obtained to confirm that these sales were not for military purposes.
“Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, TT Electronics has adopted a total ban on all sales to any Russian entity.”
The company’s high-frequency transistors were found in a Russian Borisoglebsk-2 jamming system recovered in Ukraine. The vehicle is described as an “electronic warfare system” designed to disrupt and block GPS signals and communications.
It has been reported that NATO fears that the F-35 fighters will not withstand Russian equipment like the Borisoglebsk 2.
A UK government spokesperson said: “We have introduced the largest and toughest economic sanctions Russia has ever faced to help cripple Putin’s war machine, including sanctioning key industry organizations. defense and prohibiting the export of critical technologies.
“The UK has one of the strongest and most transparent export control regimes in the world.
“We take all credible allegations of export control violations seriously and will take further action if necessary.”
The UK introduced an arms embargo against Russia in 2014 after its illegal annexation of Crimea – although it was reported that some export licenses were still being issued.
The ministers also banned the direct export to Russia of dual-use components, which have civilian or military use, in early March after the invasion of Ukraine.
The Rusi report did not specify when the components were exported and there are no suggestions of wrongdoing on the part of the manufacturers.
He said Western economic sanctions meant Moscow would become increasingly dependent on smuggling components to keep its jets, missiles and other high-tech ordnance working.
He added: “Although Russian weapons are full of Western-made components, it is not clear that the companies making them knew that the Russian military was the end user.
“Many components are dual-use technologies. In the meantime, Russia has put in place mechanisms for laundering these items through third countries.
“Restricting access therefore probably means preventing the export to countries like India of goods that are in some cases used for civilian purposes.
“There are a myriad of companies based around the world, including in the Czech Republic, Serbia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, India and China, that will take considerable risks to meet Russian supply needs. “
Meanwhile, we can reveal that the Scottish Government has given £6.3m to companies linked to the arms industry in 2021-22.
Arms maker Raytheon, which employs 700 people in Glenrothes and Livingston, has received £600,000 from grant agency Scottish Enterprise.
In January, a company-made precision-guided missile fired by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen hit a detention center in Sa’adah, killing 80 people.
Boeing received £2.1m, Thales £1.1m, Rosyth Royal Dockyard £1.9m, Chemring Energetics £1,500 and Spirit AeroSystems £561,153.
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: ‘We and our Enterprise and Skills Agencies do not provide funding for the manufacture of ammunition.
“Defence business support is primarily aimed at helping companies diversify their businesses and technologies, ensuring that Scotland continues to benefit from significant economic returns and thousands of jobs in the sector.
“Our corporate agencies have appropriate safeguards in place to ensure that any funding provided is used only for the specific purpose intended and that human rights due diligence checks are at the heart of the application process.”
The SNP website insists that its policy is to urge the UK government to immediately cease all military support and arms sales to regimes suspected of violating human rights and international humanitarian law.
A Scottish Enterprise spokesman said: “Aerospace, Defense and
The shipbuilding companies we work with employ tens of thousands of people across Scotland.
“Our aim is to help make their Scottish operations as economically sustainable as possible and to support the continued diversification of their product ranges with a view to maintaining and growing employment.
“Our support for companies in these sectors focuses on specific projects carried out at their Scottish sites.
“Decisions to help companies are based on the economic potential of proposed projects, all of which are delivered in accordance with legally agreed economic and social impacts.
“Scottish Enterprise funding does not support the development or manufacture of ammunition.”
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