Russia’s VSMPO-AVISMA, one of the world’s largest titanium producers, has been added to a list of foreign companies that pose a risk to US national security. The US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has imposed export restrictions on 28 international firms, including VSMPO-AVISMA, for acting against the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.
The BIS notice, published in the Federal Register, states that these targeted entities from Russia, China, Finland, Germany, Oman, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates will now face additional license requirements for exports, re-exports, and transactions. Among the Russian companies on the blacklist is VSMPO-AVISMA, which used to be a major supplier for US aerospace giant Boeing’s commercial production.
VSMPO-AVISMA has been supplying titanium parts for Boeing aircraft, including the 737, 767, 787, and 777X models. However, in 2022, Boeing decided to stop purchasing titanium from the Russian firm. The decision to add VSMPO-AVISMA to the entity list was based on the company’s representation of a critical risk of diverting US defense technologies and its direct involvement in producing and manufacturing titanium and metal products for the Russian military and security services.
Four other Russian companies have also been sanctioned and added to the blacklist. These include Device Consulting, Grant Instrument, SMT-iLogic, and Streloy. The document alleges that these companies were involved in a conspiracy to violate US export controls by supplying components to the Special Technology Center. The center is listed by the BIS and is known for its production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU).
The move to impose export restrictions on these companies is part of a broader effort by the United States to safeguard its national security and protect its interests. By imposing additional license requirements, the BIS aims to ensure that sensitive technologies and products do not end up in the wrong hands or are used against US interests.
The impact of these restrictions on VSMPO-AVISMA and the other sanctioned companies remains to be seen. It is likely that the additional license requirements will complicate their ability to conduct business with US entities and potentially affect their revenue streams. However, it is also possible that these companies may seek alternative markets and customers to mitigate the impact of the restrictions.
Overall, the inclusion of VSMPO-AVISMA and four other Russian firms on the BIS entity list reflects the growing tensions between the United States and Russia. These actions demonstrate the United States’ commitment to protecting its national security and ensuring that sensitive technologies do not fall into the wrong hands. However, the long-term consequences of these restrictions on the affected companies and the broader implications for US-Russia relations are yet to be fully understood.