Newly elected Head of the Supervisory Board of "Ukroboronprom" Aivaras Abromavicius: main tasks – audit and reforming

Newly elected Head of the Supervisory Board of "Ukroboronprom" Aivaras Abromavicius: main tasks – audit and reforming Newly elected Head of the Supervisory Board of "Ukroboronprom" Aivaras Abromavicius: main tasks – audit and reforming The main tasks for the nearest future for the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" are the conducting an international audit of its financial activities and implementation of reforms. This was discussed during the meeting of the updated membership of “Ukroboronprom” Supervisory Board, during which the management of the Concern reported on the preparation process for the audit, the implementation of relevant reforms, etc. The situation was also shared with the management of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, the Independent Anti-Corruption Committee on Defense and representatives of the US Embassy in Ukraine. In addition, the new Head of the Supervisory board - Aivaras Abromavicius was elected at that meeting. "I believe that in the last few years “Ukroboronprom” has made several successful reforms in the reformation field, but at the same time, some other Ukrainian state-owned companies made more. Therefore, we have many tasks that we must accomplish as soon as possible. And one of the first priority of them - is carrying out an audit of "Ukroboronprom", - said the newly elected head of the Supervisory Board. Taking into account the limited funds, allocated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the necessity to carry out an operational analysis of “Ukroboronprom” activities, the Supervisory Board decided to conduct an international audit of financial activities of all State Concern enterprises for 2018-2019 years. In order to select an auditor a new position will be created for the procurement of services at the Prozorro electronic platform. The definition of the winner of the tender will be conducted according to the "open bidding" procedure. The head of the Supervisory Board Aivaras Abromavicius will head the tender committee for conducting an international audit. "We expect that the winner of the bidding will be selected in September, and will start the audit of “Ukroboronprom”. According to our estimates, it will last for 6-9 months. This will allow us to get the detailed information on the real state of affairs at each Concern enterprise. At the same time, we can’t conduct an audit that will cover a longer period. First, if you take the analysis period from 2014, not to mention the period from 2011, then the results of this audit will be expected for years, and second, the Government allocated just 32.5 mln UAH for this which is not enough ", - said Aivaras Abromavicius. He added that after the results of the financial audit, a procedure for conducting the strategic audit and the audit of corporate governance will be initiated - the expenses for that will be proposed to get foreseen in the State Budget draft for 2020. Aivaras Abromavicius also proposed to put on the agenda of the next Supervisory Board meeting the issue of holding a forensic audit of the Concern companies. During the meeting of the Supervisory Board, the Director General of the Concern, Pavlo Bukin, reported on the achievements in the reform of “Ukroboronprom” for the period 2018-2019. In particular, during this time the significant steps have been taken in order to improve the efficiency of the State Concern enterprises, to implement the principles of transparency and maximum openness of the defense-industrial complex in general. Thus, at the moment, 5 production clusters and a cluster of special exporters have already been formed in the “Ukroboronprom”. This allowed to provide a clear cooperation between the enterprises, to create an effective system of management and interaction, and accelerated the introduction of innovative technologies into production. In addition, the corporatization process of the State Enterprise "Repair Plant of Radio Engineering Equipment" and PJSC "Kherson Shipyard Sudmash" were completed. Alongside, the first 10 enterprises that are not specialized in the defense products manufacturing, were transferred from the State Concern to the State Property Fund of Ukraine, and currently they are waiting for the corresponding decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Since 2018 the significant improvements have been achieved in the area of maximum transparency of the enterprises and of their procurement activity control. In particular, a single public electronic platform for all “Ukroboronprom” enterprises was selected and the supplier qualification procedure was canceled. The public platform Prozorro.Prodazhi was used to realize the property of the enterprises, which allowed to make an absolutely open activity of the enterprises in these spheres and to prevent any abuse. Upon the initiative of the State Concern, the area that was in a state monopoly for a long time, was considerably liberalized: it is about the special exporters institution who had an exclusive right to conduct the export-import operations with the products of defense and dual purpose. As of today, four private companies with the right to export-import operations already operate in Ukraine. Instead, the main negative factor slowing down the process of reforming the “Ukroboronprom” is the restriction of legislation, which preserved numerous atavisms and rudiments of the USSR times. "The State Concern is the initiator of the changes in legislation, which blocks its reform not for the first year. Dozens of the initiatives have been developed and directed to state bodies by “Ukroboronprom”. From some of them depends as the fate of “Ukroboronprom” as of the entire defense industry of Ukraine. This is about the new edition of the Law of Ukraine "On State Defense Order", the task of which is to make the defense orders for the Ukrainian Army as open as possible. We are talking about the necessity to unlock the possibility of corporatization of some state-owned enterprises. The order of price formation for the of defense products by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, which today does not meet the conditions of the modern economy and is a "legacy" of the USSR, needs to be reviewed. We advocate a change in the standardization system, which still use the outdated GOSTs of 40 years old. However, unfortunately, these initiatives "got lost" in the corridors of the Verkhovna Rada and other government agencies, "- said Pavlo Bukin. In turn, Aivaras Abromavicius assured that the “Ukroboronprom” Supervisory Board would meet as often as possible and make all the efforts to resolve the key issues of “Ukroboronprom” reformation as soon as possible. As it is known, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky changed the membership of the "Ukroboronprom" Supervisory Board, appointing to it Aivaras Abromaviciu on June 12, and on July 9 - David Arakhamia and Andriy Zagorodniuk. Thus, the membership of the Supervisory Board is currently the following: Aivaras Abromavicius (Head of the Supervisory Board), Anthony Tether, David Arakhamia and Andriy Zagorodnyuk. Another position of a Supervisory Board member, which belongs to the quota of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, is currently vacant. It should be noted that the Supervisory Board is the supreme management body of the State Concern “Ukroboronprom”. Among its competences are the approval of the development strategy and activities of the Concern, the control over the State Concern and its participants implementation of the tasks entrusted to them in the field of defense-industrial complex and military-technical cooperation, the approval of the activity directions of the State Concern, the definition of investment policy. In addition, the Supervisory Board carries out control over the effective use and preservation of state-owned objects transferred to the management of the State Concern, the conduct of financial and economic activities of the Concern and performs other tasks in accordance with the “Ukroboronprom” Statute.

Ukrainian-Turkish Remote Weapon Station passed trials for a foreign customer

Ukrainian-Turkish Remote Weapon Station passed trials for a foreign customer Ukrainian-Turkish Remote Weapon Station passed trials for a foreign customer The qualifying trials of the first Ukrainian-Turkish anti-tank missile launching system "SERDAR", developed for a foreign customer, have been completed in Ukraine. Henceforth, the joint development of the Turkish company "Aselsan" and the "Ukroboronprom" enterprises  - "Luch" Design Bureau and "SpetsTechnoExport" company has been ready for serial supplies within the existing contract with a foreign customer. Developers expect that MoD of Ukraine and Turkey will also be interested in the new System.  The Turkish company acted as the developer and integrator of the System, in particular, of stabilization system, fire control systems, targets detection and tracking system, infrared/video imagers and laser range finder, etc. In turn, "SpetsTechnoExport" provides supply and integration of anti-tank guided missiles “SKIF” developed and produced by "Luch" Design Bureau as well as guidance and control systems to them. “SERDAR” anti-tank missile launching system is a versatile remotely controlled and stabilized weapon system that provides high effectivity of defensive and offensive operations against ground targets in day/night and adverse weather conditions.  As a main weapon, the System carrying a mobile version of the precision guided anti-tank munition “SKIF” with two (in separate versions - four) launchers for RK-2S missiles. These 130 mm caliber precision missiles are capable of destroying the target at a distance of 5 km and breaking through armor of 800 mm thickness behind dynamic protection. Also, the System is equipped with two machine guns calibers 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm. In case a request of customers, “SERDAR” can be equipped with launchers for RK-2M 152 mm caliber precision guided missiles. In such case, the combat range of the missiles will be 5.5 km, and armor piercing capability will increase up to 1100 mm behind dynamic protection. The System is light weight, low volume and suitable for integration with a variety of existing or new armoured high mobility fighting vehicles, considerably upgrading their lethality. It allows the system to be operated from inside the vehicle with a high degree of precision to protect the gunner or/and commander. This project is the first example of joint promotion of Ukrainian-Turkish defense products to the markets of third countries. For the first time, the “SERDAR” anti-tank missile launching system was demonstrated during the test in Ukraine in May 2018. Recall, that during the IDEF'19 “SpetsTechnoExport” solemnly initialed a contract with the Turkish "MKEK" for supply of 120 mm anti-tank laser guided missiles “Konus”, developed and produced by the “Luch” Design Bureau. Also, “SpetsTechnoExport” has signed a series of contracts with the Turkish company "Aselsan" to import military products from Turkey for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In particular, the Ukrainian side is planning to import cooling thermal imagers for installation on guided anti-tank munition, as well as to receive the next batches of UHF military communication systems.

(UK) РК-360МЦ "Нептун" від "Укроборонпрому" випробувано на Одещині

(UK) РК-360МЦ "Нептун" від "Укроборонпрому" випробувано на Одещині (UK) РК-360МЦ "Нептун" від "Укроборонпрому" випробувано на Одещині [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Ракетний комплекс РК-360МЦ "Нептун" пройшов вогневі випробування на одному з військових полігонів на Одещині. Під час стрільб перевірялась робота цілої низки нововведень у конструкцію крилатої ракети Р-360. Конструктори "ДККБ "ЛУЧ", що входить до складу Концерну, внесли важливі зміни, які направлені на значне підвищення ефективності крилатої ракети. Насамперед Р-360 отримала нову головку самонаведення, яка дозволяє захоплювати ціль в умовах складного маневрування. Крилата ракета отримала і новий стартовий двигун, що забезпечує більш активне виведення на маршову ділянку польоту, а також крила та рулі більшої площі, які мають підвищити керованість та маневреність Р-360. Окрім того, у крилатій ракеті було замінено частину електронних та цифрових систем, які мають забезпечити її роботу у складних умовах. Серед цих нововведень - новий радіовисотомір, завдяки якому вдалось зменшити висоту польоту Р-360. Саме цей параметр є одним із найважливіших, бо чим менша висота польоту, тим складніше противнику побачити та перехопити крилату ракету. І тепер Р-360 може летіти у лічених метрах над поверхнею. Це значно зменшує час для її виявлення, ідентифікації та перехоплення. Водночас були замінені складові частини системи навігації, які тепер забезпечують роботу навіть в умовах потужного використанням противником засобів радіоелектронної боротьби. Загалом, враховуючи всі зміни у крилатій ракеті Р-360, а також її можливості маневрувати на маршруті польоту до цілі, стає можливим обійти зони протиповітряної оборони противника та знищити ціль у тилу ворога несподіваним ударом. Нагадаємо, що створення "Нептуна" у максимально стислі строки стало можливим завдяки високому професіоналізму фахівців багатьох підприємств "Укроборонпрому", які входять до кластеру високоточного озброєння та боєприпасів, зокрема, ДККБ "ЛУЧ", ДАХК "АРТЕМ" та ДП "Жулянський машинобудівний завод "ВІЗАР". Зазначимо, що вогневі випробування ракетного комплексу "Нептуна", до складу якого входять універсальна самохідна пускова установка, транспортна машина для перевезення ракет, транспортно-заряджаюча машина та командно-штабний модуль, проходили у рамках випробувань, під час яких пройшли пуски модернізованої реактивної системи "Вільха". [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

“Al-Wahash” armored personnel carrier with “Shturm” combat tower on IDEX 2019 – the joint project of Ukraine and UAE

“Al-Wahash” armored personnel carrier with “Shturm” combat tower on IDEX 2019 – the joint project of Ukraine and UAE “Al-Wahash” armored personnel carrier with “Shturm” combat tower on IDEX 2019 – the joint project of Ukraine and UAE On IDEX-2019 international exhibition, which is taking place in Abu-Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), the “Al‑Wahash” 8x8 armored personnel carrier with BM-3M “Shturm” combat tower is introduced for the first time. “Al‑Wahash” 8x8 armored personnel carrier with BM-3M “Shturm” combat tower is the result of cooperation between enterprises of the Ukrainian State Concern “Ukroboronprom” and UAE company “Calidus LLC”. BM-3M “Shturm” combat tower is used on BTR-3 APC which is serially produced by the State Enterprise “Kyiv Armored Plant” and has successfully passed the hardest tests in real combat actions in the East of Ukraine. Modern digital system with laser range finder and gun stabilizer ensures for the BM-3M “Shturm” high accuracy of firing with the 30 mm automatic gun, machine-gun and automatic grenade launcher, as well as “Barrier” anti-tank guided missiles system. Due to the BM-3M “Shturm” combat tower the “Al-Wahash” 8x8 APC is provided with powerful arsenal of weapons for destroying of an enemy from the distance of up to 5 km at any weather conditions day and night. It shall be mentioned that “Al-Wahash” 8x8 APC is one of the most up-to-date APCs of its class that was created by combination of the cutting edge technologies from the leading world class manufacturers. Therefore integration of the Ukrainian combat tower into this APC constitutes another evidence of high efficiency of the Ukrainian weapons. On February, 18th, 2019 the "Calidus LLC" and the State Company “Ukrspecexport”, which is a member of the State Concern “Ukroboronprom”, signed the Memorandum of cooperation having consolidated the reached agreements in further cooperation.  In particular, it is planned to produce jointly the “Al-Wahash” 8x8 APCs with BM-3M “Shturm” combat tower and to promote it on the markets of UAE and other countries. Besides that, the parties plan to extend cooperation in implication of programs for modernization and producing of new pieces of armament and military equipment.


TOP-5 NEW SOLUTIONS FROM "UKROBORONPROM" ENTERPRISES IN  THE YEAR 2018 TOP-5 NEW SOLUTIONS FROM "UKROBORONPROM" ENTERPRISES IN THE YEAR 2018 In 2018, the enterprises which are part of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" developed, demonstrated and sent for trials several dozen new and modernized weapons, military equipment and main components thereof. In particular, this concerns the "Vilkha" and "Neptun" projects which brought together dozens of enterprises of the defense and industry complex. Another example is a novel solution of the "Mykolayiv Armored Vehicle Plant", i.e., the combat reconnaissance vehicle "Mangoose" which was presented at a number of international security forums. Another new solution is the "Kharza" mobile radar facility for perimeter protection which was developed by the State Enterprise "Specialized Foreign Trade Company "Progress" and is designed to protect strategic objects from attacks by sabotage groups and unmanned aircraft. However, the most significant ones include the modern cruise missile "Neptun", the upgraded high-precision 152-mm projectile "Kvitnyk", the "Berest" multiple rocket launcher system, the OPSN-I optical-sighting station and the 1L220UK counter-battery radar.  What follows below is a detailed description of these new solutions which were created with the aid of high-precision equipment and advanced digital technologies. "Neptun" - the sea coast defender The state-of-the-art cruise missile "Neptun" is the DKKB "Luch" newest project which is strategically important for Ukraine's defense capability. During trials it managed to destroy the surface target at a distance of 280 km. Thus, the high efficiency of target control and recognition systems by the onboard system of the cruise missile were proven. The trials of the new weapon were conducted as part of a series of measures to adopt and start mass production of the cruise missile.   "The Ukrainian missile manufactured by the DKKB "Luch" was developed as part of the "Missile Shield" Project which is of strategic importance for the country's defense capability. If the cruise missile gets accepted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" will begin its mass production", the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko commented on the missile trials on his Facebook page. In the future, the "Neptun" cruise missile should serve as a basis for a new anti-ship complex which should have high mobility and maneuvers capability. This will increase the level of protection and will expand possibilities of maintaining the country’s territorial integrity and inviolability of its coastal area. High-Precision "Kvitnyk" In 2018, the State Enterprise "Science and Production Complex "Progress" completed the modernization of the high-precision 152 mm projectile called "Kvitnyk" and carried out full import substitution of the components of Russian production, which accounted for more than 40% of all components used. The "Kvitnyk" is a high-precision 152-mm projectile, which hits a target with an accuracy of several centimeters at a distance of up to 20 km. In fact, this projectile can hit a A4 sheet with one shot. Such accuracy is achieved by means of laser pointing, which can be carried out from an unmanned aerial or correctional device. The "Kvitnyk" can destroy the most secure targets such as command posts, communications centers, bridges, water crossings, support points, etc. This high-precision product gives troops an overwhelming advantage during counterattack fighting when the enemy artillery is annihilated without any chance of troops getting a retaliatory strike. The "Kvitnyk" received a new guidance head which is several times smaller than the previous one and is one of the most complex components of the high-precision projectile. During a shot, all projectile systems, including its optics, electronics and precision mechanics, should withstand an overload of 10, 000 g (when 100 grams turn into 1 ton). Even so, despite such extreme conditions, the electronics should be in the working order and should be able to control the projectile. It is worth noting that the new guidance head can be used not only in the 152-mm "Kvitnyk" but also in its "NATO" version in the 155-mm caliber, as well as in the 122-mm projectile "Karasuk" and the new 120-mm mini "Krucha". At present, the State Enterprise "Science and Production Complex "Progress" is fully ready for the mandatory preliminary and state trials of the "Kvitnyk" and for its mass production and are looking forward to receiving orders from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. "Berest": greater fire power and accuracy Last year, the State Enterprise "Shepetivskyi Repair Plant", which is part of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom", carried out a deep modernization of the 122-mm multiple rocket launcher system. The uniqueness of this new combat vehicle, which was named BM-21 UM "Berest", is that it is made of only Ukrainian-produced components. The vehicle was for the first time unveiled to the general public at the international exhibition "Weapons and Security", which was held in Kyiv in October. "Berest" can replace the BM-21 "Hrad", which is currently used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The use of modern digital technologies and a new chassis of domestic production give "Berest" key combat and operational advantages. The use of the new digital fire control system allows the crew to prepare themselves for shooting, in particular, for topogeodetic survey without leaving the cabin. Digital technologies integrate "Berest" into the information exchange system on the battlefield. Due to this, a multiple rocket launcher system crew in a real time format gets the enemy exact coordinates which come from drones, counter-battery radar stations, as well as from other surveillance systems resulting in a several-fold increase of fire accuracy and efficiency. The new multiple rocket launcher system has a more powerful barrage of up to 50 rockets compared to 40 in the "Hrad" system. "Berest" is installed on a new chassis manufactured by "KrAZ" - 5401NE with a wheeled 4х4 formula. In general, compared with "Hrad" "Berest" has greater barrage power, fire accuracy, better integration into digital artillery control and guidance systems, greater mobility and less opening fire time. Digital sight for high-precision weaponry Another invention of the year 2018 is the OSSN-I optic-target station developed by the Izyum Instrument-Making Plant. This station is equipped with powerful optics, a thermal imager, a laser control channel and a range finder. Such instrumentation makes it possible to not only locate targets but also to home high-precision weapons onto them. This solution from the Izyum Instrument-Making Plant is of universal nature. The station diameter is only 43 cm, which makes it possible to install it not only on helicopters but also on unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition, an optical-aiming station stabilized in all planes can be used in armored vehicles and, after making a number of design changes, in marine facilities. The "Izyum Instrument-Making Plant" is a unique enterprise which makes sights for high-precision missile weapons. The Plant has a fully closed cycle of production starting from the manufacture of special glass and ending with the manufacture of digital sights for the anti-tank systems such as "Stuhna-P", "Corsar" and "Barier". Counter-battery radar from "Scientific and Production Complex "Iskra" For the puproses of counter-battery fighting, the Zaporizhia-based "Scientific and Production Complex "Iskra" developed the 1L220UK station, which was demonstrated during the military parade on August 24. The 1L220UK counter-battery radar captures the exact location of enemy guns, mortars, multiple rocket launcher systems, anti-aircraft rocket systems and tactical missiles at a distance of several dozen kilometers. This makes it possible to get exact coordinates for delivering a retaliatory strike, as well as to adjust one’s own fire.  In addition, 1L220UK keeps track of airspace detecting enemy unmanned aerial vehicles and other warcraft. In terms of its capabilities, 1Л220UК significantly exceeds the counter-battery radars which are currently used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. To sum it up, in 2018, the Ukroboronprom's enterprises did not only supply military equipment and weapons but also made every effort to create new weapons. Should mass production be launched, these weapons can significantly increase the military might of the Ukrainian army and can deal a devastating blow to the enemy.  


UKRAINIAN DEFENSE ENTERPRISES ARE THE MOST ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS OF RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY THE NATO INDUSTRIAL ADVISORY GROUP (NIAG) UKRAINIAN DEFENSE ENTERPRISES ARE THE MOST ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS OF RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY THE NATO INDUSTRIAL ADVISORY GROUP (NIAG) The enterprises of the Ukrainian Defense Industry Complex, including the State Concern “Ukroboronprom“, have ranked first among NATO partner countries in terms of the extent of their participation in the research of the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG), according to  the results of participation of Ukrainian enterprises in NIAG multinational research projects in 2018. In the course of the research, Ukrainian specialists together with colleagues from Western countries identified the main areas for development and drafted conceptual approaches in the main fields such as the provision of logistical capabilities, next-generation helicopter equipment, the use of military  aircraft of different types and under different conditions; autonomous systems and technologies; marine unmanned aircraft systems, etc. It should be noted that the research participants  included not only the State Concern’s partners (i.e., State Enterprise "Antonov", State Enterprise "KhMZ" FED", State Enterprise "Ivchenko-Progress", and State Enterprise "Aviacon") but also private enterprises which are members of the League of Defense Enterprises of Ukraine. The active and successful participation of Ukrainian specialists was welcomed by the NATO representatives. In the future, the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" intends to engage in further cooperation and to actively participate in the Alliance's research projects. It should be noted that according to the guideline documents of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and enterprises of the Defense Industry Complex of Ukraine, in 2019 Ukraine is expected to begin implementing NATO principles and standards.   In addition, in 2019 Ukraine will begin adopting NATO technical standards in the production of weapons and military equipment in Ukraine, which will significantly improve the quality of Ukrainian weapons and will ensure the mutual compatibility between the combat systems of Ukraine and those of the NATO Member States.


IN 2018, "UKROBORONPROM" HANDED OVER MORE THAN 4900 UNITS OF WEAPONS AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT  TO UKRAINIAN TROOPS IN 2018, "UKROBORONPROM" HANDED OVER MORE THAN 4900 UNITS OF WEAPONS AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO UKRAINIAN TROOPS The State Concern "Ukroboronprom" enterprises handed over more than 4,900 units of  weapons and military equipment to the Armed Forces, the National Guard and other power structures of Ukraine. "The war has convincingly shown that victory can only be won by relying on high morale of the troops, general public support and modern weapons. More than 4,900 units of new, modernized and repaired weapons and military equipment were received by the Ukrainian Army from the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" in 2018", said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.    Among these are 2,500 units of state-of-the-art high-precision missile weapons such as PTRK "Stuhna-P", "Barier" and LPRK "Corsar", which are capable of destroying the enemy with one shot. At the same time, in 2018 the State Concern enterprises transferred to the Ukrainian army  modern armored vehicles BTR-3 and BTR-4, 79К6 "Pelican" radar stations, С-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, modernized fighters MiG-29 and Su-27, "Hvozdyka" artillery systems, "Urahan" multiple rocket launcher systems and dozens of other types of equipment and weapons ranging from individual navigation systems to military transport aircraft. This work, which was carried out by "Ukroboronprom" enterprises considerably strengthened the defensive ability of Ukrainian fighters. In 2018, the final stages of the development of state-of-the-art weaponry which should strengthen the Ukrainian army in the near future were completed. In particular, this involves the "Vilkha" and "Neptun" projects which brought together dozens of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" enterprises and a number of other manufacturers of defense industry products. These high-precision weapons can dramatically increase the combat capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and ensure the destruction of enemy targets at a large distance.   In 2019, "Ukroboronprom" enterprises will continue to re-equip Ukrainian troops with new and upgraded weapons and military equipment, to expand production facilities, to master new technologies and to develop new promising weapons.  


CLUSTER OF "UKROBORONPROM" AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING IN 2018: FIFTY NEW AIRPLANES AND HELICOPTERS FOR UKRAINIAN TROOPS CLUSTER OF "UKROBORONPROM" AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING IN 2018: FIFTY NEW AIRPLANES AND HELICOPTERS FOR UKRAINIAN TROOPS In 2018, the enterprises of the aircraft engineering cluster of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" transferred about 50 airplanes and helicopters to the Armed Forces of Ukraine thereby modernizing the air transport force and reinforcing it with upgraded aircraft. At the same time, aircraft-building enterprises continued to carry out in-depth modernization of Ukrainian Armed Forces aircraft, as well as to create brand-new new types of aircraft. Another fifty warcraft In 2018, the Ukrainian troops received about 50 warplanes and helicopters, which were upgraded and repaired by the aircraft engineering cluster composed of 16 enterprises of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom". During this year alone, Ukrainian pilots received Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters, Su-25 strike-fighters, Su-24 bombers and reconnaissance aircraft, An-26 and Il-76 transport aircraft, L-39 trainer aircraft, and Mi-24, Mi-14 and Mi-8 helicopters. This result was made possible thanks to the efficient work of "Ukroboronprom" aircraft-building enterprises which in 2018 executed the state defense order and carried out repairs. For example, in 2018 the State Enterprise "Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant", in close cooperation with other "Ukroboronprom" enterprises, was engaged in serial modernization of MiG-29 fighters to bring them up to the MiG-29MU1 level. These aircraft received a powerful radar station, which made it possible to increase the airborne target detection range, as well as a satellite navigation system integrated into the on-board radio navigation complex. In addition, the functions of control and registration of functional parameters of the technical condition of an aircraft, engine and several on-board systems were considerably expanded. Also, from now on this aircraft will be able to carry out joint missions with the armed forces of NATO Member States. In 2018, Lviv specialists handed over to Ukrainian pilots about half a dozen such aircraft and continue working on the next batch of fighters. More than fifteen Mi-24, Mi-14 and Mi-8 helicopters were manufactured by the Konotop Aircraft Works "Aviakon”. In addition, the enterprise produced for the military sector a truly unique Mi-8MTP aircraft, which are designed to carry out radio-electronic warfare. The special equipment onboard this helicopter makes it possible to set obstacles for ground radar stations used for detection, guidance and targeting, making it possible to "blind" and disorganize the enemy. At the same time, "Odessa Aircraft Plant" and "Chuhuev Aircraft Repair Plant" did significant work on upgrading and modernizing the L-39 trainer aircraft on which Ukrainian cadets learn the basics of the art of flying an aircraft and practicing pilots train to improve their skills. These two enterprises handed over about half a dozen repaired and upgraded L-39 to air units and military higher educational institutions. In-depth modernization In 2018 "Ukroboronprom" aircraft-building enterprises carried out in-depth modernization of  aircraft used by the Air Force of Ukraine. These works, given the need for improved capabilities of the existing air transport force, make it possible in a relatively short time to obtain aircraft with significantly broader characteristics and combat capabilities. In 2018 such works were carried out by the Zaporizhzhya State Aircraft Repair Plant "MiGremont", which modernizes Su-27 fighters and Su-25 strike-fighters. The upgraded Su-27, which receives an additional 1M index is being equipped with a new radar, which allows for a 30% increase in airborne target detection range, a new navigation complex, means of control, registration and processing of onboard parameters. The Su-27-1M is also capable of performing joint missions with the NATO armed forces. While modernizing the Su-25 to match the M1K characteristics, Zaporizhian specialists carry out capital repairs and install additional equipment of Ukrainian production. An analog sight is being replaced with a new digital sight integrated into the aircraft sighting and navigation complex. The aircraft receives new flight data control and registration means, as well as a modernized radio station. Much work is being done to ensure the safety of strike fighters. Su-25M1K is being equipped  with an "Adros" protection complex manufactured by the State Enterprise "Progress". This complex increases the aircraft protection from missiles several-fold by stopping homing devices and shooting off special heat flares. The "Odessa Aircraft Plant" together with Mykolayiv city "NARP" started developing in-depth modernization of the Su-24 reconnaissance aircraft. The main task is to significantly improve the capabilities of such aircraft using modern digital systems and installing advanced on-board equipment. Westernization of aircraft In 2018, the State Enterprise "Antonov", which is part of "Ukroboronprom", stepped up the process of integration into the world aircraft industry. One of the first projects in this field, which involved Turkish partners, concerns An-188 transport aircraft with short take-off and landing. The An-188 military transport aircraft project includes complete westernization of all components, the implementation of up-to-date and reliable technological solutions, as well as full compliance with NATO standards, including those relating to equipment and the aircraft use tactics. The project's solutions help create a promising military transport turbojet aircraft with a carrying capacity of up to 50 tons. It will be able to transport all types of military equipment, military and construction equipment, helicopters, up to 300 soldiers, as well as humanitarian cargoes, pallets and containers. An-188 will be able to operate from different aerodromes, including ground aerodromes, and will land on short runways only 600-800 m long. This will significantly expand the number of aerodromes on which it can be used thereby ensuring the high efficiency of the new warcraft. In addition, the project involves the use of economical modern turbojets, which provide not only high speed but also large range capabilities. At the same time, to meet the needs of the Air Force of Ukraine, efforts are underway to develop the An-77, which should receive the avionics of the world's leading manufacturers, bringing the aircraft closer to NATO standards. It is expected that An-77 will become the basis of Ukraine's military transport aviation. Its characteristics will drastically increase the combat capability and mobility of airborne assault troops.