GENERAL ADVANCED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY WILL BE CREATED AT KPI – PAVLO BUKIN General Advanced Research & Development Agency (GARDA), adopting the best American DARPA solutions, will be created at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI). This was stated by UKROBORONPROM Director General Pavlo Bukin during his speech at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, during the parliamentary hearings "National Innovation System: State and Legislative Development". "It was decided to create an agency of advanced technologies based on the DARPA model, to implement technologies in the defense industry. Mykhaylo Zhurovs’kyy – the rector of the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute named after I. Sikorsky" - agreed that the agency will be based at this very university. I am sure this decision will contribute to the greatest effect", - stressed Pavlo Bukin. At the same time, he mentioned that the issue of innovative technologies development is connected with the necessity of legislative changes that would improve the mechanisms of financing such projects. "The legal framework for innovation in Ukraine is sufficiently developed, but some aspects need to be improved, as they hamper financing. When it comes to batch manufacturing, financing of innovation activities is carried out at the expense of working capital. Therefore working expenses are shifted to the expenses for future periods. When it comes to research institutes and design bureaus – their resources are limited. It is necessary to legislatively create a mechanism for innovation activity financing and preferential taxation, "- said UKROBORONPROM Director General Pavlo Bukin from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. He named UGV "Phantom-2" development among UOP innovations. "This platform allows to destroy the enemy's manpower and to transport the goods, and it has already passed the test abroad, and it can be considered to be a result of the activities of the State Concern and its design engineering bureaus," said Pavlo Bukin. In general, he evaluated the innovation activity of UKROBORONPROM from 2014 as "positive." Bukin emphasized that during these years the State Concern was focused on the strategic task of providing the Ministry of Defense  with military equipment, which the Ukrainian Army is currently armed with.  
UKROBORONPROM CUTS OFF FAKE SUPPLIERS – CHANGES IN THE PROCUREMENT PROCEDURE SC "UkrOboronProm" (UOP) changed the procedure for inventory, works and services procurement to ensure transparency and cut off unscrupulous suppliers. According to Director General of the State Concern "UkrOboronProm" Pavlo Bukin, the winning contractor is to provide guarantees as security for the fulfilment of their contractual obligations in the amount of 5% of the contract amount. The bid security can be provided in the form of suretyship, guarantee, pledge, bargain money, penalty, deposit, etc. The Ukrainian banking system can offer the mechanisms necessary. In this way, the State Concern introduces a market mechanism for ensuring suppliers’ obligations fulfillment to the UOP enterprises-participants. The decision was made to avoid situations when the winning company - offering the lowest price during the open tendering - had no opportunity to fulfill its obligations. "I find it unacceptable for a company to win the tender, offering the lowest price, and then disappear. This impedes production processes, hampers modernization and repair of military equipment and weapons, generally causing damage to the national defense capability. Changing the procurement procedure will not affect the reliable partners of the State Concern, providing products in a timely manner and in full. At the same time, we will clear open tenders from unscrupulous suppliers," said Pavlo Bukin, Director General of the SC "UkrOboronProm".
MALISHEV PLANT AND KHARKIV-MOROZOV DESIGN BUREAU ARE PREPARING THE NEXT BATCH OF T-84 TANKS FOR THE ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE The SE “Malyshev Plant” and the SE "Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau" are preparing another batch of T-84 tanks for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Kharkiv enterprises conduct repair and modernization works. For this purpose, the SE “Malyshev Plant” repaired the next batch of T-84 tanks. The combat vehicles underwent checking, restoring or complete replacement of all main nodes and components. After that, the tanks were sent to the SE "Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau" for modernization: electronic systems replacement, installation of protected digital radio stations; sighting complex T-84 is being modernized. These measures will significantly increase the combat efficiency of T-84 tanks in all weather conditions both during the day and at night, under enemy’s use of active or passive obstacles on the battlefield in the radio, infrared and optical range. As soon as all the works are completed, the batch of T-84 tanks will undergo tests in the presence of the Ministry of Defense representatives. The main battle tank T-84 is in service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It is equipped with a 125-mm autoloader-equipped gun, capable of firing controlled precision anti-tank missiles with a target destruction range of about 5 km. Almost 50-ton T-84 tank can speed up to 70 km / h thanks to 1200 HP engine. The tank is protected with up-to-date Ukrainian reactive armor and electro-optical countermeasures system.
US REPRESENTATIVE TO NATO TOOK FAVOURABLE VIEW OF UKRAINE’S DEFENSE REFORM – SUMMARY OF THE JOINT NATO- UKRAINE WORKING GROUP MEETING The US representative to NATO took favorable view of Ukraine's defense reform during the NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group on Defense Reform. The meeting was held on March 5-6 at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. According to Pavlo Bukin, Director General of the State Concern "UkrOboronProm", the steps taken to transform the SC "UkrOboronProm"(UOP), as well as the following UOP steps, were discussed during the meeting of the Joint Group: In particular - creating transparent vertically integrated production clusters, including state-owned enterprises, UOP enterprises, as well as private firms. Particular attention was paid to corporatization of UOP enterprises, transformation of state enterprises into public joint stock companies with 100% state share. These measures include development of transparent governance structures and attracting private investors, in order to integrate Ukrainian defense industry into the global production system. The decision on holding seminar "NATO Experience in Procurement of Armaments and Military Equipment, Pricing and Price Control” in Ukraine was made. "Reaching the least cost of armaments and military equipment is one of UKROBORONPROM’s main tasks. For this purpose, the pricing procedure in Ukraine should be brought to standards, operating in NATO countries. This will allow accelerating development of enterprises and directing funds to modernization of production facilities of defense enterprises", - emphasized Pavlo Bukin during the meeting of the Joint Group.
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Combat module "Taipan" In the framework of international exhibition "Arms and Security" (Kiev) Ukrainian public premiere of the combat module "Taipan" - developed by UOP SE "SpetsTehnoEksport"  - was held. Specifications of the new combat module "Taipan" meet the highest Western standards. Installed system of backlash planetary gearboxes and ac converter-fed motors, provide precise targeting at ultra slow and high speeds make combat module “Taipan” unique. Owing to modern electronics, "Taipan" provides automatic targeting, keeps armament in the defined position, regardless repositioning  of the combat vehicle’s hull in motion, providing automatic tracking of a target. Automated targeting system - with allowance for weather, projectile type, armament type, angular velocity and target range - is installed into the combat module. Also fighting module installed automatically issuing commands guidance given weather conditions, such as shells, type of arms, angular velocity and range goals. Sight system can be adjusted both to the line-of-sight and horizon line. Currently, “Taipan” is equipped with a rapid-fire cannon caliber double-barreled 23 mm, the effective range of which reaches 1.8 km. Other combat module modifications can be equipped with a machine gun 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm, and 30 mm grenade launcher with a separate elevation drive unite. The minimum weight of the combat module is only 350 kg. In addition, this module can be mounted not on mobile platforms only, but also equip fortified structures - such as checkpoints - controlling the module remotely, or use it as a SAFU without power supply, the combat module "Taipan" can work 3 hours in such a mode. “Together with our Ukrainian partners we have created combat module technical characteristics of which will arouse Ukrainian armored vehicles producers’ interest. Moreover, all the electronics and software are designed by Ukrainian specialists”, – said director of SFTE “Spetstehnoeksport” Pavlo Barbul.  
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BMP-1UMD UKROBORONPROM State Enterprise "Zhytomyr Armored Plant" adapted German Deutz engine for use in infantry fighting vehicles. Modernized infantry vehicle received its official name BMP-1UMD. The first public demonstration of BMP-1UMD took place at the exhibition "Arms and Security", October 11 at the International Exhibition Center in Kiev. Works on Russian UTD-20 replacement by Deutz TCD2013 L64V took only three months. This 4-stroke, 6-cylinder turbosupercharged engine with electronic control unit has 330 hp power, with the possibility of increasing power up to 390 hp, while UTD-20 engine has only 300 hp. In addition, the German engine has significantly more resources it quieter and more economical. "Infantry fighting vehicle adaptation for German Deutz engines use is another step in UOP import substitution program fulfillment. Other Ukrainian armored vehicles such as BTR-4 - produced by SE “Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau” - are equipped with engines of this manufacturer,” - said the head of the SC" UkrOboronProm" Roman Romanov. Works on improvement of firepower, fire control, ergonomic and functional characteristics of the vehicle were carried out when working on BMP-1UMD. Special attention Ukrainian specialists paid to camouflage in visible and IR band.        
PHANTOM – WARRIOR OF THE FUTURE. PUBLIC PREMIERE AT "ARMS AND SECURITY" "Phantom" is one of the most advanced developments of UKROBORONPROM    SE "SpetsTehnoEksport". It is the first step in development of advanced systems that will replace traditional armament. The first public demonstration of tactical unmanned multipurpose vehicle "Phantom" took place at the exhibition "Arms and Security", which started on October 11 at the International Exhibition Center in Kiev. "Unmanned multipurpose tactical vehicle" Phantom" is a response to the challenges of technological era, pressing its demands to creating entirely new armament types: unmanned, multi-functional and capable of performing tasks that are now performed by soldiers only, endangering their lives. These are the characteristics, demonstrated by "Phantom", "- said the head of the SC "UkrOboronProm" Roman Romanov, explaining the peculiarities of the new unit of the military equipment. Tactical Unmanned multipurpose vehicle “Phantom” is a remotely operated mini armored carrier. Day and night sighting systems allow to fire at any time of the day for a distance of over 1 km. Its operational range is up to 20 km, it is operated by means of secure radio channel or via fiber cable of 5 km length. “Phantom” can transport ammunition, retrieve wounded from the battlefield and perform combat missions. "Phantom" capabilities are difficult to overestimate: they allow him to perform a wide range of tasks. This equipment can deliver ammunition and loads across the areas that are under the threat of enemy fire, or at risk of mining, to safely and quickly evacuate wounded from the battlefield. Different types of armament can be mounted on "Phantom" for fire support. For example, if "Phantom" is equipped with anti-missile system - the army receives nearly invisible, mobile and effective means of enemy armored vehicles’ destruction,"- said the head of SE "SpetsTehnoEksport" Pavlo Barbul. The XIII International Specialized Exhibition "Arms and Security - 2016" will be held 11-14 October 2016 at the International Exhibition Center, which is located at Brovary Avenue, 15.