The restrictions on Chinese drone exports imposed by Beijing on September 1 have seriously hampered their supply to Russia and led to a shortage of a number of components, including thermal imagers and laser rangefinders.
Source. This was reported by Kommersant.
It is noted that there is already a shortage of certain types of drones weighing more than 4 kg.
The newspaper writes that large Russian drone manufacturers hope that their suppliers in China will be able to obtain export licenses to Russia, but the process can take about a year. To do this, it is necessary to prove that the drone will not be used for military purposes.
To circumvent the restrictions, sellers of Chinese drones to Russia are trying to set up parallel imports, but they are blocked by transit countries – for example, Kazakhstan has recently tightened the procedure for importing drones, Kommersant writes.
Background. In late July, it was reported that China was introducing export controls on drones to stop their use for military purposes. According to the new rules, it is necessary to obtain permission to export certain types of drones.