UKROBORONPROM INITIATES CHANGES TO THE LAW OF UKRAINE ON THE STATE DEFENSE ORDER The State Concern "UkrOboronProm" initiates creation of a working group to develop a new version of the Law of Ukraine "On State Defense Order." The objective of the group's work is generating effective offers that will increase Ukraine’s defense capability, improve planning and formation of the state defense order, concluding state contracts and their implementation. It is in the interests of UKROBORONPROM (UOP) to ensure that the state defense order is an effective tool, enhancing the development of Ukrainian industry, to become the locomotive for the high-tech sector of economy. For this purpose, the state defense order is to become more open, having effective mechanisms for ensuring competition and equal conditions for all manufacturers, of both state and private property", - said Pavlo Bukin, Director General of the SC "UkrOboronProm". Among the main tasks of the working group is developing the framework for a more transparent, clear and commercially grounded defense order. In addition, new principles of the state order formation for law enforcement agencies are to reorient the domestic defense complex from export to the needs of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies. The first meeting of the working group is expected to take place on June 1, 2018. UOP management invited representatives of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense, the National Guard, the Security Service of Ukraine, other security forces and law enforcement agencies to join the process of developing proposals for the state defense order improvement. In addition, representatives of public organizations - including the international ones – are invited to join the working group.        
UKROBORONPROM INTERNATIONAL AUDIT: TRANSPARENT, MEETS INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS; OEСD The Tender Committee of the SC "UkrOboronProm"(UOP) - attended by UOP management, the Chairman of the UOP Supervisory Board Mykhailo Zghurovskyi, NAKO Secretariat Secretary General Olena Tregub, as well as representatives of the US Embassy in Ukraine - improved the mechanism for conducting international audit, which will be held at the State Concern. An independent audit will be conducted in accordance with international standards, including public reporting and auditors’ access to all necessary information. Due to the changes made in the tender documentation, qualification requirements for potential participants of public procurements were improved. The results of the provision of services will be publicly available. At the same time, activities of the Supervisory Board, Ukrainian and international partners will be publicly available. To ensure audit effectiveness, the question on auditors’ access to all necessary information was regulated. As a result of audit, management of the UOP enterprises will be reformed according to the principles, developed by the International Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The principles of management of public enterprises, developed by the OECD, include provision of effective legal regulation of activities of the state-owned enterprises, transparency of activities, clear division of responsibilities between management and supervisory boards, and structuring of the interaction between state-owned enterprises and public authorities, private companies. Due to these changes, the strategy of corporate and industrial UOP restructuring will be brought to international management standards. Besides, audit will contribute to restructured assets, formed into several joint-stock holding companies, each of which will specialize in a certain defense industry sector and will have the opportunity to enter the capital markets. Currently, due to the appropriate changes to the tender documentation, the completion of the first stage of bidding is expected in June 2018.  
LIBERALIZATION OF DEFENSE IMPORTS IS NECESSARY, BUT THERE HAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION" – ANTHONY TETHER "The buying of foreign products is the issue. We have the same problem in the USA. Our department of defense has a lot of restrictions - “buy American”, “buy high quality products” etc. Emphasized Anthony J. Tether, UOP Supervisory Board member, in his interview to Defense Express. He noted that liberalization in this area implies providing the Ministry of Defense with the right to procure the necessary weapons directly from foreign manufacturers. “The US also has some concern buying from foreign companies. Why? If the US becomes dependent on foreign products and crucial technology, there is a risk that the country where the company is located, can stop supplies at any time. This happens in the United States in some specific cases," said Mr Tether. In his opinion, liberalization of defense imports is necessary. "But there has to be an independent organization, as in case with UKROBORONPROM, to avoid situations where the delivery of something really important depends on someone you do not trust," emphasized Anthony Tether. At the same time - commenting on the question of UOP corporatization - Anthony Tether noted that there are enterprises in the structure of the State Concern, development of which requires modern corporate management. In his opinion, this will allow them to "develop more effectively and find new markets." The SC "Ukroboronprom" is clustering UOP enterprises. The main objective of clusters in the defense industrial complex is to unite specialized enterprises, provide a closed cycle of production, develop new equipment and manufacture the latest products. According to Anthony Tether, clusterization will allow to create structures that will be "more powerful and more financially sustainable."
FIRE-FIGHTING TANK GPM-72 MANUFACTURED BY LVIV ARMORED PLANT WILL BE OPERATED BY THE ARMY The fire-fighting tank GPM-72, manufactured by UKROBORONPROM SE “Lviv Armored Plant”, is approved to operation by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This decision was made by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine after successful completion of departmental tests. This decision means that from now on the GPM-72 - in the case of a corresponding order from the Ministry of Defense - will be operated by the Army. Due to this, Ukrainian fighters will receive the most advanced fire-fighting tanks in Ukraine. The fire-fighting tank GPM-72 was created on the initiative and at the own expense of the "Lviv Armored Plant". It is intended for emergency rescue operations in warehouses, arsenals, storage facilities of explosive products. The GPM-72 is equipped with a fire fighting reservoir with a capacity of 20 tons, a modern fire pump and a mount, allowing to extinguish fire at the distance of up to 100 meters. The vehicle has enhanced passability and crew protection from various types of ammunition and fire. 30-mm armor protects the rescuers, the cabin has a filter-ventilator unit and the system of pouring water over the cabin to reduce its temperature. The GPM-72 had already been used for fire suppression at the ammunition depot in Vinnytsya Region in September 2017, having proved its high effectiveness. As of today, the SE "Lviv Armored Plant" is awaiting orders to deploy GPM-72 mass production, allowing to protect and facilitate the work of Ukrainian firefighters and load production capacity.
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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.