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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 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.

CLUSTER OF RADIOLOCATIONS, RADIO COMMUNICATIONS AND SPECIAL INSTRUMENT-BUILDING IN 2018: DIGITAL VISION AND FIREPOWER

CLUSTER OF RADIOLOCATIONS, RADIO COMMUNICATIONS AND SPECIAL INSTRUMENT-BUILDING IN 2018: DIGITAL VISION AND FIREPOWER CLUSTER OF RADIOLOCATIONS, RADIO COMMUNICATIONS AND SPECIAL INSTRUMENT-BUILDING IN 2018: DIGITAL VISION AND FIREPOWER The enterprises of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom", which are part of the cluster of radiolocation, radio communication and special instrument engineering, are responsible for one of the main components of the combat capability of Ukrainian troops, i.e., the ability to locate the enemy in advance and to guide destruction means. The supply and development of modern radar stations, various digital systems, which are the basis of automated command systems, modernization of the artillery and air force components - these were the tasks carried out by 23 cluster enterprises in 2018. Anti-aircraft and coastal defense Effective air defense is based on the ability to detect a target and destroy it even before it can open fire. It is precisely for this purpose that such Ukrboronprom enterprises as "Research and Production Complex "Iskra" are developing and supplying modern radar stations capable of detecting air targets at a distance of hundreds of kilometers. This year, Zaporizhzhya "Iskra", which is the cluster leading enterprise, manufactured and repaired radar stations, which are designed for airspace control and guiding air defense capabilities. A prime example is 79К6 "Pelican", which is used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and detects air targets at a distance up to 400 km. At the same time, Zaporizhzhya specialists carried out work toward integration of all radar stations into the guidance system of S-300, which is one of the longest-range anti-aircraft missile complexes used by Ukrainian troops. This allows for the creation of a continuous radar space where each radar station transmits information on targets through secure digital communication channels. In its turn, in 2018 "Balakliyskyi Repair Plant" carried out repairs of anti-aircraft complexes, including ZRGK "Tunhuska", ZSU-23-4 "Shylka" and ZRK "Osa". Thanks to this enterprise, the Ukrainian Army received more than ten such machines. Given the work carried out by "Vizar" and "Ukroboronservis", which belong to other clusters of the Concern, it made it possible to ensure the combat capability of the anti-aircraft component at all levels, starting from the long-range S-300 and ending in short- and small-range anti-aircraft capabilities. In addition to anti-aircraft capabilities, radar stations are actively used in other areas too, for example, in coastal defense. The State Enterprise "Scientific and Research Institute for Radar Systems "Kvant-Radiolokatsiya" actively supplies troops with the all-round mobile radar station "Delta". It automatically detects and tracks aircraft and helicopters, as well as ground and surface targets with an accuracy of up to 20 meters at a distance of up to 96 kilometers, as well as registers selected target trajectories and transfers data thereon to relevant combat units. It is these radar stations that are installed on Ukrainian warships and at coastal defense facilities. Artillery component The cluster of radiolocations, radio communication and special instrument-building includes a unique Ukrainian enterprise - "Shepetivskyi Repair Plant". It is this enterprise that is responsible for modernizing and repairing multiple-launch artillery and multiple rocket launcher systems. In 2018, the Plant manufactured more than 70 combat vehicles, including the self-propelled artillery units "Hvozdyka" and "Akatsiya", multiple rocket launchers "Urahan" and "Smerch". To expand production, the Plant renovated an old workshop which was built in 1939 at its own expense. The "Shepetivskyi Repair Plant" is also working on the "Vilkha" Project. It has carried out in-depth modernization of "Hrad", which was renamed into "Berest". One of the features of the new machine is the digital fire control system, which allows the crew, without leaving the cabin, to prepare themselves for shooting, in particular, for topogeodetic survey. New 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 in a processed format, counter-battery radar stations, as well as from other surveillance systems. Such integration increases the accuracy and efficiency of fire several times. At the same time, for the purposes of counter-battery fighting, the "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. In addition, 1L220UK keeps track of airspace and is capable of detecting enemy unmanned aircraft. For artillery guidance and intelligence acquisition purposes, the Ukrainian army makes intensive use of the "Spectator" drone, which was developed in close cooperation between the NTU "Sikorskyi KPI" and Koroliov OJSC "Meridian". Currently, the troops are supplied with its upgraded version "Spectator-M", which is equipped with modern video and thermal imaging cameras allowing it to track a land plot up to 50 kilometers long at an altitude of up to 2 thousand meters. However, in 2018 Koroliov OJSC "Meridian" continued upgrading the drone by switching to the Spectator-M1 testing. This version has less weight, longer flight time, a new thermal imager with increased viewing angles and a new control station. In addition, experts reduced noise generated by an electric motor, which has made this unmanned aircraft the least noisy among craft of this class. Furthermore, they integrated the automatic target coordinate determination system, which automatically converts the coordinates of detected objects into the SK-42 system, which is used by artillery to control fire. Digital spotlight Another unique Ukrainian enterprise is Izyum Instrument-Making Plant, which manufactures sights for high-precision missile weapons.   This enterprise has a completely closed cycle of production, ranging from the manufacture of special glass to the production of digital sights for the anti-tank complexes such as "Stuhna-P", "Korsar" and "Barier". This year, due to efforts of Izyum-based specialists, the DKKB "Luch" sent hundreds of complexes with thousands of missiles attached to them thereby greatly enhancing the anti-tank defense of our units, which on a permanent basis receive long-range and high precision destruction means. In addition, this year Izyum Instrument-Making Plant came up with an entirely new initiative - the OSSN-I optic-target station. 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 which use different types of guidance onto them. Despite such powerful equipment, the diameter of the station 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. Thus, the invention of the "Izium Instrument-Making Plant" may be used for multiple purposes, which guarantees in large-scale production conditions a significant reduction of its cost. Troop command and control Reliable troop command and control, which is achieved via navigation and communications facilities is crucial for effective combat operations. According to NATO standards, the coordination of all units and receipt of operational up-to-date information on allies and targets are the cornerstones of modern military operations. That is why "Ukroboronprom" enterprises are developing elements of the automatic troop control system. One such element is satellite navigation means which are being developed and mass-produced by "Orizon Navigation". The products of this state-owned enterprise are installed on all planes, ships, tanks and other armored vehicles, and are also included in the serviceman’s personal protection system. In 2018, the enterprise supplied more than 500 such systems and facilities. Improving troop command and control is one of the tasks of Kyiv enterprise NTK "Impulse", which continues serial production of SA-10U command and staff vehicles currently used for ensuring communication and coordination of units by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. SA-10U is a special vehicle that ensures a secure communication within a unit at the operational and tactical level. It is completely protected from enemy electronic warfare means, uses various communication channels, including satellite communications. The SA-10U developers paid special attention to digital equipment by developing and implementing special software that ensures transmission of protected information between units in field conditions and in conditions of active enemy countermeasures. Thus, in 2018, 23 enterprises of the cluster of radiolocations, radio communications and special instrument-building made a huge contribution to the development of Ukraine's defense capability.

CLUSTER OF HIGH-PRECISION WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION IN 2018: UKRAINE’S MISSILE SHIELD AND AMMUNITION PRODUCTION

CLUSTER OF HIGH-PRECISION WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION IN 2018: UKRAINE’S MISSILE SHIELD AND AMMUNITION PRODUCTION CLUSTER OF HIGH-PRECISION WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION IN 2018: UKRAINE’S MISSILE SHIELD AND AMMUNITION PRODUCTION During 2018, Ukroboronprom enterprises made a significant contribution to providing the Ukrainian army with high-precision weapons and ammunition. In total, more than 2,500 high-precision weapons units were handed over to Ukrainian security forces. This became possible thanks to modern production lines with high-precision machines, which, according to the state program, are installed at the Ukroboronprom enterprises of the high-precision weapons and ammunition cluster. Anti-tank shield   One of the key enterprises in this area is the State Kyiv Design Bureau "Luch", which  developed and launched mass commercial production of high-precision missile systems "Stuhna-P", "Corsar" and "Barier". Hundreds of such complexes complete with thousands of missiles were handed over to the troops. Such weapons can not only deter but also successfully destroy the aggressor's armored groups and the enemy's firing-points. The portable anti-tank missile complex "Stuhna-P" is intended for the destruction of immovable and moving modern armored targets with composite, distributed or monolithic armor, including the one with dynamic protection, as well as small-scale targets such as DOT, a tank in a trench, lightly-armored objects and helicopters. The shooting range is up to 5 km. Guidance is carried out by a laser beam. The light portable missile system "Corsar" effectively destroys enemy targets at a distance of up to 2.5 km, which equals the shooting range of the American FGM-148 Javelin. The missile is guided by means of a laser beam. "Vilkha" and "Neptun" Designers of the State Kyiv Design Bureau "Luch" are credited with developing one of the most advanced weapons known as "Vilkha". This high-precision weapon passed the final firing trials as far back as May. About 15 the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" enterprises and a number of other manufacturers of defense industry products were involved in its creation. However, a distinguishing feature of "Vilkha" is that it is made of only Ukrainian components. Mass production of "Vilkha" is expected to begin soon, which will substantially increase the missile and artillery capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Another invention of the State Kyiv Design Bureau "Luch" which is of strategic importance for the national defense capability of Ukraine is the latest aircraft shaped missile "Neptun". During recent trials, it destroyed a surface target at a distance of 280 km. thereby proving the high efficiency of systems for target control and recognition by the onboard system of the aircraft shaped missile. High-Precision "Kvitnyk" This year the State Enterprise "Science and Production Complex "Progress" completed the modernization and full import substitution of a high-precision 152 mm projectile called "Kvitnyk", which hits a target with an accuracy of several centimeters at a distance of up to 20 km. This accuracy is achieved by means of laser pointing, which can be carried out with an unmanned aerial or a correctional device. The "Kvitnyk" can destroy the most secure targets such as command posts, communications centers, bridges, crossings, support points, etc. Such "intelligent" weapon makes it possible to hit the enemy which hides behind civilian objects. The "Kvitnyk" was adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2012, but so far, no large orders have been made. After the Russian aggression began in 2014, there arose a need to replace Russian components. As of today, this task has been fulfilled 100%: the "Kvitnyk" does not have any components of Russian production. Therefore, the State Enterprise "Scientific and Production Complex "Progress" is quite ready for mass production of "Kvitnyk" and all necessary state trials and is looking forward to receiving orders from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Complex of ammunition enterprises In 2018, the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" began putting together a complex of ammunition industry enterprises. The reason for this was overly complex technological chains that are needed to create artillery ammunition. Making at least one artillery projectile requires concerted efforts of many enterprises and research institutes that develop and make dozens of individual components, initiation means and explosives. In order to accomplish this large-scale task, the state targeted program which is implemented through the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade is expected to allocate in the coming years significant funds for the purchase of high-precision machine tools and other serial production equipment. It should be noted that the bulk of these enterprises are located in the town of Shostka, where three Ukroboronprom enterprises have necessary technologies, production premises and highly skilled personnel. These are "Shostkinskyi state-owned plant "Impulse", Chemical Products SRI and "Shostkinskyi state-owned plant "Zirka". It should be noted that in 2018 in addition to its involvement in the "Missile Shield" program, "Impulse" began joint production of 40mm grenades in compliance with NATO standards. Chemical Products SRI began mass commercial production of a rocket-propelled anti-personnel flame thrower RPV-16, which is being supplied to the army by hundreds. Meanwhile, thanks to active support from the central and local authorities, "Zirka" is set to resume production of pyroxiline powder next year. Artem's projectiles In 2018, specialists of the State Joint-Stock Holding Company "Artem" worked hard on the RS-80 "Oskol". These 80-millimeter uncontrolled missiles successfully passed several stages of state trials. Over 300 launches confirmed that the RS-80 complies with the main tactical and technical characteristics and can be used on helicopters and airplanes. The supersonic RS-80 is designed to destroy the enemy's military personnel, armored vehicles, fortifications and other targets. To ensure the most effective enemy destruction the SJSHC "Artem" designers equipped the RS-80 with various combat units and detonators. In addition, SJSHC "Artem" began mass production of new 152-mm projectiles for the "Hyacinth" artillery system. In 2018, these projectiles successfully passed the defining-departmental trials and validated their characteristics. Thus, in 2018, enterprises of the high-precision weapons and ammunitions cluster successfully performed a large volume of works related to the supply of hundreds up-to-date samples of missile weapons to Ukrainian troops. The new high-precision equipment and the implementation of the import substitution program significantly expanded the capabilities of the Ukrainian army, which received advanced weapons capable of destroying the enemy with one shot.

"UKROBORONPROM" ADOPTS NATO STANDARDS IN 2019

"UKROBORONPROM" ADOPTS NATO STANDARDS IN 2019 "UKROBORONPROM" ADOPTS NATO STANDARDS IN 2019 According to the guideline documents of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and enterprises of the Defence Industry Complex of Ukraine in 2019 Ukraine is 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. This 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.   This decision was made during the meeting of the 27th NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group. This became possible thanks to energetic efforts of the Group which is headed by the First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleh Hladkovskyi and the Deputy NATO General Secretary Camil Grand. As noted during the meeting, the Ukraine-NATO Working Group, which is composed of NATO experts, experts of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, the Ministry of Economic Development of Ukraine and the State Concern "Ukroboronprom", had over the past three years achieved the greatest progress ever in preparing for integration of NATO standards into national regulatory documents. It should be noted that in order speed up the implementation of new standards by the Ukrainian defence sector, in the summer of 2019 NATO technical experts will visit "Ukroboronprom" enterprises, which are part of the aircraft building and radio location clusters. At the same time, it is expected that all adaptation procedures will have been completed and all NATO standards will have been incorporated into the guideline documents of the defence sector and the Defence Industry Complex of Ukraine by the end of 2020.

"UKROBORONPROM" ARMORED VEHICLE CLUSTER IN 2018: OVER 1000 TRANSFERED UNITS, PRODUCTION EXPANSION AND MODERN DEVELOPMENTS

"UKROBORONPROM" ARMORED VEHICLE CLUSTER IN 2018: OVER 1000 TRANSFERED UNITS, PRODUCTION EXPANSION AND MODERN DEVELOPMENTS "UKROBORONPROM" ARMORED VEHICLE CLUSTER IN 2018: OVER 1000 TRANSFERED UNITS, PRODUCTION EXPANSION AND MODERN DEVELOPMENTS In 2018, as part of the execution of the State Defense Order and repair obligations, the enterprises of the armored vehicle cluster of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" handed over 1,000 units of new upgraded and repaired military equipment and weapons to the Ukrainian army. In addition, armored vehicles plants focused on implementing new technologies for modernization of existing models of equipment. More than 1000 units per year In general, in 2018, 18 enterprises of the armored vehicle cluster of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" handed over 1,000 units of military equipment and weapons to their customers. The combat vehicles were manufactured, modernized and repaired by the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, Malyshev Plant, Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv, Lviv and Mykolaiv Armored Vehicle Plants. A significant number of tanks, armored personnel carriers, BMPs and other military equipment were repaired by the enterprises' visiting brigades in field conditions, in particular, in the area of the Joint Force Operation. In 2018, such brigades repaired over 650 weapon units. The activities of visiting brigades helped to promptly and effectively maintain the combat capability of military units without spending time on transporting the equipment from deployment sites to the plants. At the same time, one of the main tasks faced by the armored vehicle enterprises of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" was the expansion of the production of hulls for BTR-3 and BTR-4. It should be noted that the production volumes of these vehicles are closely connected with the capacities of the only hull manufacturer — the private enterprise PJSC "Lozovskyi Forging and Mechanical Plant". In order to eliminate this "bottleneck" in the technological chain, in 2018 Kharkiv and Kyiv "Ukroboronprom" enterprises   launched hull production relying on own resources. It took "Malyshev Plant", "Morozov KMDB" and "Kyiv Armored Vehicle Plant" only a year to prepare for production and to create the first experimental hulls for comprehensive inspections of quality and strength. In order to eliminate this "bottleneck" in the technological chain, in 2018 Kharkiv and Kyiv "Ukroboronprom" enterprises launched hull production relying on own resources. It took "Malyshev Plant", "Morozov KMDB" and "Kyiv Armored Vehicle Plant" only a year to prepare for production and to create the first experimental hulls for comprehensive inspections of quality and strength. It is important to note that NATO member states-produced steel was used to manufacture hulls. This helps to significantly diversify armor deliveries rather than depend on one supplier. BMP-U development In 2018, armored vehicle cluster enterprises continued to develop entirely new combat vehicles and upgraded already existing models by introducing new technologies. For example, Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau is designing a completely new armored vehicle — BMP-U, which will replace BMP-1 and BMP-2. In this case, BMP-U is being created on a modular basis with the possibility of using the base platform for an entire family of armored track vehicles. According to calculations, the BMP-U level of protection with a front-mounted engine transmission compartment is 10-12% higher than that for BTR-4. In order to ensure high maneuverability and speed on the battlefield, BMP-U will be equipped with a diesel engine with a power of 735 hp and automatic transmission. Given that the mass of the new infantry combat vehicle is 25-27 tons, the specific power of BMP-U is at the level of 27-29 hp/ton. This figure is significantly higher than the specific power of BMP-1 (21-23 hp/ton.) and even of modern main battle tanks. In addition, BMP-U can overcome water obstacles. BMP-U is equipped with the BM-8 new combat module equipped with a 30-mm automatic gun, an automatic grenade launcher, machine gun, and also "Barier" controlled barrier anti-tank missiles. The BMP-U crew consists of 3 members and 7 paratroopers. Also, Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau is creating a promising tank of the next generation. Comprehensive work which involves designing an entirely new vehicle is divided into separate stages. These include the manufacture of a motor-transmission compartment, the development of new weapons systems, ammunition, fire protection and control systems, as well as the automation of most processes to reduce the number of crew members from three to two. In-depth modernization The enterprises of the armored vehicle cluster of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" carry out in-depth modernization of already existing models. For example, this year, "Kyiv Armored Vehicle Plant" began trials of the T-72AMT tank, which epitomizes the combat experience of confronting the Russian aggression. T-72 AMT received reinforced armor due to the use of dynamic protection of the "Nizh" (Knife) new generation, a modern sighting complex and surveillance equipment.  But most importantly, it can fire at a distance of up to 5 km using "Kobmat" high-precision guided missiles manufactured by yet another "Ukroboronprom" enterprise - "DKKB "Luch". In 2018, the BTR-4MV1 trials were conducted at Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, which was designed to take into account the latest trends in the design schools in the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. The change of the hull bows significantly enhanced the protection of the combat vehicle in the frontal projection. Due to the high-tech equipment installed on the vehicle the high ergonomics and ease of management are ensured. In 2018, the State Enterprise "Mykolaiv Armored Vehicle Plant introduced the Mongoose combat reconnaissance vehicle. The vehicle is designed for reconnaissance in combat and fire support of combat units. The dual BRM has a 4x4 wheelbase formula and an independent torsion suspension, which ensures increased cross-country capacity of such vehicles. Due to its new diesel engine IVECO, the "Mangoose" is able to reach speed of up to 100 km/hour on the highway and to overcome water obstacles. The vehicle is equipped with additional side, top and rear hatches which allow the landing squad to land freely. Increased frontal protection and the installation of additional armor sheets ensure the safety of the crew. All components, except for the engine, are of Ukrainian production. State Enterprise "Lviv Armored Vehicle Plant" successfully conducted state trials of the armored, repair and evacuation vehicle "Lion". The vehicle was created by Lviv designers specially for the reinforcement of technical support and operational servicing of Ukrainian armored units consisting of T-64 and T-72. BREM, which has developed on the basis of the T-72 tank, is designed for evacuation and towing of faulty, damaged tracked and wheeled military equipment in combat conditions, for carrying out current and average repair in field conditions. At the moment, "Lviv Armored Vihicle Plant" is preparing for serial production. In general, in 2018, 18 enterprises of the armored vehicle cluster of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" fulfilled their tasks having significantly reinforced the Ukrainian army with modern equipment and weapons. They also made a significant step towards increasing their own production capacities to carry out the task of re-equipping the Armed Forces of Ukraine with promising combat vehicles.  

THE LATEST CRUISE MISSILE MANUFACTURED BY DKKB "LUCH" SUCCESSFULLY TESTED – THE TARGET DESTROYED AT A DISTANCE OF 280 KM

THE LATEST CRUISE MISSILE MANUFACTURED BY DKKB "LUCH" SUCCESSFULLY TESTED – THE TARGET DESTROYED AT A DISTANCE OF 280 KM THE LATEST CRUISE MISSILE MANUFACTURED BY DKKB "LUCH" SUCCESSFULLY TESTED – THE TARGET DESTROYED AT A DISTANCE OF 280 KM The latest Ukrainian cruise missile manufactured by DKKB "Luch", which is part of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom", was successfully tested at a military training ground in the Odessa Region. The surface target was destroyed at a distance of 280 km, and aircraft and a special point on the island of Zmeinyi were used to check the results of the destruction of the long-range targets. Thus, the high efficiency of target control and recognition systems by the onboard system of the cruise missile were proven. It should be noted that the newest Ukrainian cruise missile was developed as part of the "Missile Shield" Project which is strategically important for Ukraine's defense capability. 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 importance of the development of Ukrainian high-precision missile weapons was emphasized by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. In addition, on the same military training ground the accuracy and reliability of the destruction of imaginary enemy watercraft by the C-125 missile systems which underwent in-depth modernization at Ukraine’s Defense Industry Complex enterprises were confirmed. "The results of the destruction of the watercraft have proved the effectiveness of the modernized S-125. We have seen 8 launches during which 8 surface targets have been destroyed, which is a very good result that proves that these modernized systems are capable of providing reliable protection against aggression both from the air and from the sea and will considerably increase the coastal defense on the Black Sea and Azov Sea coast", said Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine." Upon completion of the trials, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine held a meeting with the leading developers of the missile technology and military leadership to identify priority areas for enhancing the security of the Black Sea-Azov Sea Region. The meeting was held in a new command-staff mobile special telecommunications complex which was used for coordinating missile-firing exercises. Photo credit: National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine

RESULTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEFENSE EXHIBITION "WEAPONS AND SECURITY-2018"

RESULTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEFENSE EXHIBITION "WEAPONS AND SECURITY-2018" RESULTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEFENSE EXHIBITION "WEAPONS AND SECURITY-2018" Today, on October 12th, the 15th International Defense Exhibition "Weapons and Security" is coming to an end. During the exhibition, which also became an effective international forum, the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" demonstrated the latest developments of enterprises and conducted key negotiations with foreign partners. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko pointed out the State Concern's most interesting developments on display stressing that "Ukroboronprom's enterprises" managed to stop using components of Russian production, replacing them with domestic ones and those  manufactured by NATO Member States. For example, among "Ukroboronprom" main items displayed at the exhibition was the BM-21 UM "Berest" multiple rocket launcher system manufactured by the State Enterprise "Shepetovskyi Repair Plant". "Berest" is intended to 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 major combat and operational advantages thereby significantly expanding military capabilities of the multiple rocket launcher system. New digital technologies help integrate "Berest" into the information exchange system on the battlefield while increasing the accuracy and efficiency of firing several-fold. The new multiple rocket launcher system can launch 50 rockets compared to 40 rockets launched by "Hrad". Similarly, new components manufactured by  NATO Member States were incorporated into BTR-70D (GM) manufactured by the State Enterprise "Zhytomyr Armored Vehicle Plant". The updated combat vehicle received new engines from the American Corporation "General Motors" and the "Delta" combat module with a 23 mm automatic gun and a digital fire control system. The Zhytomyr enterprise also presented BMP-M1C, which was converted from the BRM-1K combat reconnaissance vehicle resulting in a significant increase in firepower, higher protection level and replacement of an outdated Soviet engine with the German Deutz engine. As a result, BMP-M1C can carry up to 8 servicemen and effectively support infantry units thanks to high firepower of the "Stilet" combat module. Meanwhile, the Thai military expressed interest in BTR-4MB1, which was developed by specialists of Kharkiv-based Morozov Design Bureau. During talks with the Deputy Commander of the Navy of Thailand Admiral Sangkorn Pongsiri, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov discussed the possibilities of expanding bilateral military and technical cooperation. According to the Thai military, the Ukrainian BTR-4MV1 "can become the main combat vehicle of the Kingdom's Marine Corp". BTR-4MV1 was created taking into account the combat experience of the Ukrainian military and the latest design solutions of the NATO Member States. Due to changes in the front of the armored vehicle, as well as its conformity to the latest NATO trends in armored vehicles, a radically new level of protection was achieved. In addition, during the exhibition key agreements were reached with companies of the NATO Member States. In particular, a memorandum was signed between the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" and Excalibur Company (the Czech Republic). The purpose of the document is to unite efforts of the Ukrainian and Czech sides with a view to developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative armored vehicles. The cooperation between the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" and "Excalibur" also envisages the possibility of joint supply of high-tech products to third countries markets. According to Ukroboronprom General Director Pavlo Bukin, the signing of the Memorandum with the Czech company gave the State Concern an opportunity to gain a strategic partner, which is a NATO Member State. The state-owned Company "Spetstechnoeksport", which is part of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom", signed with the Turkish Company "Aselsan" a Memorandum on the organization of joint production of Turkish radiocommunication means in Ukraine. It is expected that the arrangements made will be implemented through the mechanism of setting off mutual obligations between companies. The production of Turkish radiocommunication systems in Ukraine will allow the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine to gain access to state-of-the-art communication technologies. "Promoboronexport", which is a member of the State Concern, and the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Moldova signed a memorandum on cooperation. The document envisages that the parties will carry out capital repairs and modernize armored vehicles and aircraft. In addition, agreement was reached that will enable Ukraine to supply its military equipment to the Armed Forces of the Republic of Moldova. On October 12, the State Enterprise "Antonov", which is part of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom", reached agreement with the newly-established Ukrainian airline "FANair" on the supply of two An-158 aircraft under financial leasing terms. The Ukrainian aircraft builder and air carrier signed an appropriate memorandum to this effect, which will serve as the basis for launching the project financing. The international exhibition "Weapons and Security", which is taking place in Kiev, has hosted a workshop on the development of the defense industry complex of Ukraine with the participation of representatives of NATO, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" and the League of Defense Enterprises of Ukraine. During the workshop, the NATO representative Gordon Davis, who is a Deputy Assistant to the  NATO Secretary General for Defense Investments, assured that the Alliance fully supports Ukraine's defense sector reform, including, the implementation of NATO Member States’ modern  mechanisms which govern the interaction between customers and manufacturers. In their turn, representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, the State Concern "Ukroboronprom" and the "League of Defense Enterprises of Ukraine" expressed great interest in reforming the current pricing mechanism within the framework of the State Defense Order, which is a leftover from Soviet times. To reform the pricing mechanisms and to create a new, more modern model based on the experience of NATO Member States, the State  Concern proposed to the representatives of the National Security and Defense Council, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and other ministries and agencies concerned to establish an interdepartmental working group. This group is supposed to make recommendations on how to reform the pricing mechanism in order to bring it in line with market and economically acceptable conditions which suit the interests of both government customers and Ukraine’s defense sector enterprises of state and private type of ownership.

UOP "ISKRA" ENHANCED ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE HAVING TRANSFERED RADAR STATIONS 79K6 AND 35D6 TO THE MILITARY

UOP "ISKRA" ENHANCED ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE HAVING TRANSFERED RADAR STATIONS 79K6 AND 35D6 TO THE MILITARY UOP "ISKRA" ENHANCED ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE HAVING TRANSFERED RADAR STATIONS 79K6 AND 35D6 TO THE MILITARY UKROBORONPROM SE “Scientific and Production Complex “Iskra” - in the presence of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko - transferred radar stations, intended to control the airspace and to guide air defenses, to Ukrainian soldiers. "You have made the impossible – restored production in such a short period of time. In the occupied territories – where the production facilities remained – you saved the documentation, saved the experience. You accepted designers to your team. You’ve done everything to ensure that the state’s defense capability won’t weaken. Your contribution to the defense capability of the country is extremely high," said Petro Poroshenko and thanked the team for selfless work. One of the latest “Iskra” developments - 79K6 - already operated by the Armed Forces of Ukraine – is among the transferred radar stations. It is a 3-D surveillance radar, allowing to identify air targets at distances up to 400 km, to submit their coordinates to air defenses for immediate reaction and destruction of the enemy. A high mobility – allowing to deploy the system up to 30 minutes– is the main feature of 79K6. Also, the military received a 35D6 radar and 19Zh6, upgraded to 35D6M radar. These radars are intended for detection of targets at small and medium altitudes under the conditions of active and passive interference, providing coordinate and track data, as well as for working as a part of modern automated air defense systems and for target pointing for AA missile systems.