Monday 25 September 2017

Only one 'military good export licence' for Russia

RUSSIAN ARMS: Chaos in Ukraine
RUSSIAN ARMS: Chaos in Ukraine
Nick Webb

Nick Webb

Ireland issued just one military good export licence to Russia over a two-year period, according to new figures from the Department of Enterprise.

In 2012, Ireland issued 15 'dual use' export licences for exports to Russia, with the bulk of them valued at over €100,000 per licence. This was slightly up on the 14 licences for dual use exports a year earlier. Dual use exports are products that may potentially have a military application.

The Irish technology and specialist engineering industries have been active in the global defence and armaments sector in recent years, with Irish companies making parts for guided missiles, attack copters and robotics for bomb disposals.

Russian-backed Dublin firm Innulabs supplies innovative technologies for UAV drones. Kenntree is involved with robotics with Meath's Timoney central to the development of military vehicles.

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