The Javelin anti-tank weapon requires 250 semiconductor chips. Since February, the US has given Ukraine almost 9,000 Javelins. As the Americans say – “Do the math”. Given the recent semiconductor shortage, it adds up to a problem.

The problem is not just military. Semiconductor chips are vital to almost every part of a modern economy – car manufacturing, aviation, robotics, home appliances, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and other technologies all rely on them.