Novosibirsk Instrument Building Plant (NPZ), a prominent Russian military manufacturer, has been utilizing top-notch optics for its military equipment, according to recent investigations. However, NPZ seems to be concealing the origin of its products by obscuring the manufacturer’s logo in promotional videos.
Upon further scrutiny, it has been discovered that NPZ relies on computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools manufactured by Haas Automation, based in Oxnard, California. Interestingly, Haas had been supplying its machine tools to Russia through its authorized distributor, Abamet Management LTD. However, this collaboration came to an end on March 3, 2022, prompting a disconnection between the two entities.
Surprisingly, despite the termination of their partnership, it has come to light that spare parts for Haas machines are still being provided to Russia through a Chinese firm known as Suzhou Sup Bestech Machine Tools Co., LTD. This revelation has raised concerns about the potential loophole allowing NPZ and other Russian military manufacturers to continue using Haas equipment, albeit indirectly.
Denys Hutyk, a Ukrainian adviser, alleges that Suzhou Sup Bestech has carried out approximately 200 shipments of Haas products, valued at around $600,000, to Abamet since October 2022. The persistence of such activities raises questions about the effectiveness of the measures taken to restrict the supply of crucial technology to Russia’s military sector.
Experts argue that this situation highlights the intricate web of international trade and the challenges faced in imposing strict controls on sensitive equipment transfers to certain countries. With tensions heightened between Russia and Ukraine, the utilization of Haas machine tools in Russian military manufacturing can have significant implications for regional security.
Furthermore, the deliberate concealment of the origin underscores the need for greater transparency in the defense industry, as it raises concerns about the potential involvement of foreign entities in bolstering Russia’s military capabilities.
Female Arts has reached out to Novosibirsk Instrument Building Plant (NPZ), Haas Automation, and Suzhou Sup Bestech Machine Tools Co., LTD for comments on these allegations. As we strive to bring you the latest updates on women’s involvement in the arts and other fields, we recognize the importance of shedding light on broader issues that impact our society. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.
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