24 Jan 2023 14:36

Roscosmos head: China supplying electronic components to Russian space sector

MOSCOW. Jan 24 (Interfax) - Russia agreed with China on the purchase of electronic components for Russian spacecraft because of Western countries' sanctions, which ban deliveries of microelectronics to Russia, Roscosmos head Yury Borisov said.

"Today, in conditions of sanctions pressure, Chinese colleagues have offered us a helping hand in the form of deliveries of electronic components. It is an Achilles' heel - the situation with Russian electronics is not very good," Borisov said at a plenary session of the 47th Korolyov Readings on Tuesday.

Borisov also said that during his visit to China, he plans to discuss satellite expertise sharing with Chinese colleagues.

"I have an idea regarding the creation of an international space constellation at some point, and I can offer it to my colleagues - though I do not know how they will respond to it," he said.

Borisov said earlier in the day that he is planning to meet with the leadership of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) during a visit to China in the second half of February.

On December 29, 2022, Roscosmos announced the signing of a program with CNSA to develop space cooperation from 2023-2027. Russia and China also signed an intergovernmental agreement on building a lunar research station.