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Russian university buys Canadian drone detection system circumventing sanctions

Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 11:29

The Russian Mirea University of Technology has purchased a SkyEye radar detector for drones from the Canadian company Skycope Technologies Inc. worth 4.5 million roubles (about US$50,000).

Source: Agentstvo, a Russian independent news outlet

Details: It is noted that the university announced a tender for the purchase of the system in early May this year and chose the winner within two weeks. The supply was organised by businessman Maxim Susloparov.


"The radar detector was delivered to the university on 7 June. The state contract was accompanied by a declaration of the Eurasian Economic Union for the import of SkyEye systems, received in January 2023 by the Moscow-based company Tehcom," the statement said. 

According to the manufacturer, the radar detector can detect more than 330 models of drones at a distance of up to 35 km in open areas and up to 10 km in the city.

It is assumed that the range of the Canadian system will be enough to cover more than a third of Moscow's area within the Moscow Ring Road. The university can also use the system for research purposes, as it is developing anti-drone devices. Earlier, the university purchased three Drone 1200 anti-drone guns for 400,000 roubles (about US$4,500). The guns are made in China and have a range of 1.2 kilometres.

In addition, Roman Rašimas, a lawyer in the sanctions practice of the British company Zorge Partners Limited, the supply of SkyEye falls under restrictions imposed by the Canadian authorities.

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