20 Dec 2022
Longstanding company policy expressly forbids use of u-blox products in weapons or military systems of any kind
Thalwil, Switzerland – December 20, 2022 – u-blox (SIX:UBXN), strongly condemns the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
u-blox has been made aware of the use of certain GNSS modules in certain Russian reconnaissance drones.
Since 2002, u-blox applies a company policy that its products must not be used in weapons – including systems for target identification. The company’s global sales teams are regularly trained on u-blox's policy and distributors are contractually obliged to adhere to these restrictions. All u-blox products are designed for commercial use only.
Immediately after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, u-blox stopped all sales to Russia, Belarus and the territories occupied by the Russian army in Ukraine at the beginning of this year, irrespective of the intended use.
u-blox's policy regarding the use of its products is public and available on its website at https://www.u-blox.com/en/code-of-conduct
Certain media reported that western components were found to be integrated in drones manufactured after the beginning of the Ukraine war and that the Russian government has built up stock of components in anticipation of the war.
This may be a reason why products of foreign component manufacturers were found in Russian drones produced after the beginning of the Ukraine war.
The use of u-blox products in Russian military equipment is in clear breach of u-blox’s conditions of sale applicable to customers and distributors alike. We investigate any infringement of this policy profoundly and will take legal action in case of infringement.
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