Russia circumvented sanctions and bought a Canadian drone detection system

Russia’s MIREA University of Technology, despite Western sanctions, has purchased and received the SkyEye drone detection system developed by Canadian company Skycope Technologies.

This was reported by a Russian agency that found the relevant information on the website for government procurement in Russia. It should be noted that the contract was opened on May 11 and the university received SkyEye on June 7. The cost of the contract was 4.5 million rubles.

As noted, bringing such equipment to Russia would likely violate sanctions imposed by the Canadian government. However, the supplier under the contract was a private entrepreneur who attached to the state contract a declaration of the Eurasian Economic Union for the import of SkyEye systems from January 2023, issued by the Moscow company Techkom.

The educational institution that acquired SkyEye is involved in the development of anti-drone systems. It also bought three Chinese Drone 1200 anti-drone guns.


According to the manufacturer, this radar weighs less than 10 kg and can be deployed in five minutes. SkyEye can track up to 14 targets simultaneously and can detect unmanned aerial vehicles at a distance of up to 35 km in open areas and up to 10 km in urban areas.

The drone recognition library of this radar contains more than 330 models. However, the artificial intelligence system almost flawlessly identifies drones that SkyEye does not recognize.

Russia celebrates sanctions

The economic sanctions imposed on Russia are becoming an insufficient tool to influence Moscow. Most experts believe that more effective private sector compliance and sanctions enforcement are needed.

Members of the project “The Insider” discovered that the rocket manufacturer “Dagger” still receives materials from Europe. This became possible thanks to the fact that defense contractors producing hypersonic missiles are not yet subject to Western sanctions. Moreover, Russia has learned to circumvent oil and gas sanctions.

Source: Do Rzeczy