Oleksandr Turchynov: Development of the defense-industrial complex means the strengthening of the defense capability and economy of the state and jobs creation
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov visited the flagships of the armored industry of Ukraine - the State enterprise "Malyshev Plant" and the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, where he examined the work of new technological lines for the production of modern tanks and armored personnel carriers.
As instructed by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, a ceremonial handover of armament and military equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine also took place at the plant.
The Ukrainian Army received modernized tanks T-80 and T-64BV, the BTR-4 of the new generation, as well as military trucks.
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine noted that during deep modernization and re-equipment of the tanks, new constructive solutions were introduced - "an automatic fire control system with a laser rangefinder, ballistic calculator and a complex of guided weapons have been developed and installed, which also allows firing guided missiles".
Moreover, Mr. Turchynov stressed that the level of protection and structural changes introduced given the use of BTR-4 in combat conditions, "made it one of the most effective military vehicles in the Armed Forces of Ukraine".
According to Mr. Turchynov, the production, modernization, and renovation of combat equipment and armaments for the Ukrainian army are put on the line. "Since the beginning of the year about 2000 weapons and units of military equipment have been manufactured and modernized by Ukrainian under the state defense order", - he said.
"It is crucial that the development of the defense-industrial complex means the strengthening of the defense capability and economy of the state and jobs creation", - the NSDC Secretary underscored.
According to Mr. Turchynov, to produce military equipment transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine today, "four powerful Kharkiv enterprises were involved - the State enterprise "Malyshev Plant", Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, Balakliya Repair Plant, and Kharkiv Special Machine Plant".
"The defense industry of the Kharkiv region substantially strengthens the defense capability of our country. The armor produced by the enterprises provided reliable protection for our military servicemen", - he stressed adding that every day of the hard work of domestic defense enterprises "makes us stronger and closer Ukraine's victory".