Oleksandr Turchynov: The first test of the Ukrainian cruise missile has been carried out
successful flying tests of the new missile technology - the Ukrainian
ground-launched cruise missile, which can accurately hit ground and naval
targets, have been carried out today. This was reported by Secretary of the National Security and Defense
Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov after the tests.
According to him,
this is a solely Ukrainian development completed by designers of the State
Enterprise "State Kyiv Design Bureau "Luch" in cooperation with other state and
private defense enterprises of Ukraine. "During the successful tests, the
flight characteristics and operation of the missile systems were checked", - he
Mr. Turchynov also
informed that the NSDC of Ukraine, which coordinates the national missile program,
set the task "to develop not only ground-launched cruise missile systems but
also sea- and air-launched". "The range of our cruise missiles and their combat
equipment do not contradict the international agreements signed by Ukraine
for such type of weapons", - he added.
"This is a crucial event for Ukraine, because
after the total disarmament of the Ukrainian army in accordance with the
Budapest Memorandum, not a single missile was left in the Armed Forces of Ukraine", - Mr.
"Today's tests have
opened a new stage of the missile program, according to which our Armed Forces
must receive powerful high-performance cruise missiles that can accurately
strike hostile targets at great distances", - Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine
emphasized summarizing that missile systems of such class "are an important
deterrent against the aggressor".