Last month, when SOFREP compiled the comprehensive list of the recently retrieved Soviet-era Russian weaponry, we knew an investigation on their tech was bound to happen. Today, we uncover how Russians have integrated low-tech chips and hardware into their most advanced systems.

Russians have been recognized to have a “top of the line arsenal,” and they usually boast of their “deadly” weapon systems. However, after investigators examined the electronics behind Russia’s newest cruise missiles, attack helicopters, and tanks, they found that they used decades-old tech (some of which were structured during World War II). Analysts also noted that some low-tech components include a unique but essential satellite navigation system.


The other components they checked out included the Ka-52 helicopter, cruise missiles, uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs), and all communications and navigation equipment. The report has identified 144 non-Russian manufacturers “of more than 650 unique component models in Russian materiel used in the war on Ukraine,” the report wrote.

The physical analysis of these components “indicates that the Russian Federation is highly reliant on a narrow set of particular technology to produce the advanced weapon systems it has deployed since invading Ukraine in February 2022.”

“We saw that Russia reuses the same electronic components across multiple weapons, including their newest cruise missiles and attack helicopters, and we didn’t expect to see that,” said Damien Spleeters, an investigator for the group who contributed to the report.

“Russian guided weapons are full of non-Russian technology and components, and most of the computer chips we documented were made by Western countries after 2014.”

Because of this analysis, Moscow’s media push to become the world’s most fearsome military becomes less and less effective. However, the findings show that Russia’s weaponry is still powered by “Western innovation.” The report supports this notion because the retrieved parts have integrated technology from Asian and European manufacturers.