is ending a 70 year old tradition of not buying foreign (or at least Western)
weapons, by purchasing a hundred French thermal imaging sights for its T-90
tanks. The Catherine FC thermal imaging cameras from electronics manufacturer
Thales, resumes sales of Western military technology to Russia. Although the
communists sought to become self-sufficiency in weapons, after they took over
in 1917, it was another two decades before that became a fact. Up until the
1930s, the Soviet Union would buy or license military technology from the West.
But after that, they stole what they could, and insisted that all their weapons
were nothing but Russian technology. This was never the case, and when the
Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Russia began selling, and buying, technology.
Some of it found its way into Russian weapons systems. But with this thermal
imaging sale, the Russians are announcing that they, like most industrialized
countries, are willing to buy military technology they need, from whoever can
offer the best terms.