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Oleksandr Turchynov: Successful tests and live-firing exercises of missile systems took place

Systematic work on strengthening the missile potential and air defense of our country is ongoing; it is one of the priorities set by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. This was stated by Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov after live-firing exercises of the C-125, "Cube", "Rokach" and "Tor" anti-aircraft missile systems at the "Yagorlik" proving ground.

According to him, the Ukrainian industry was tasked to "conduct complete restoration and deep modernization of existing anti-aircraft missile systems, increase their combat characteristics to meet the modern requirements" within the shortest time and at relatively low cost.

"During the firing, the tasks of destroying air, surface and ground targets were successfully worked out", - Mr. Turchynov said adding that the deep modernization of the complexes allowed to significantly expand their combat capabilities and combat effectiveness in difficult conditions of the radi-electronic and interfered environment by all targets.

Also, according to the NSDC Secretary, thanks to the efforts of the manufacturers, reliability has been enhanced and energy consumption has been significantly reduced, comfortable living conditions have been created, ergonomic characteristics have been increased, and a smaller number of people are now required to service the equipment.

"The results of the firing confirmed the tactical and technical characteristics of these systems", - Mr. Turchynov said adding that the level of performance of domestic enterprises shows a significant increase in their production and technological capabilities.

"The defense budget for 2019 provides for the further increase of the country's missile potential, strengthening of air defense and protection of the Black Sea and Azov coast of our state", - the Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine summarized.