75% of Russia’s satellite electronics come from U.S.

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It isn’t just us dependent on them: One Russian aerospace industry expert noted today that three-quarters of all their satellite electronics comes from the United States.

According to [Nikolay Testoyedov], up to 75 percent of the electronic components for Russian satellites come from the US. Consequently, if it retaliates should Moscow refuse to sell RD-180 rocket motors to Washington – which Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has threatened – Russia’s satellite program would be frozen for at least two years. “The imported electronic components in our satellites represent 25 to 75 percent of the total in communications; in military ones, somewhat less; in commercial ones, more,” Testoyedov says. Of these imported components, approximately 83-87 percent come from the United States thus giving Washington the whip hand.

If we stop providing these electronics he estimates that after their present stock runs out in about a year it would take at least two years before Russia could replace these American-made parts.


  • PeterF

    Like in Azimov’s “Foundation” series. Get them dependent on you and a rebellion against you can be stopped economically. But you can only use that trick once. Only a stupid poker player that warns you “don’t call my bluff” would use such an ace up his sleeve to beat a pair of twos…

  • pzatchok

    They can buy 75% of their electronics off of the US and my government is worried about me blogging about firearms that have been in existence for 100 years.

    And I have to go through ITAR training every year just to hear this crap.

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