SC "UkrOboronProm" (UOP) and "League of Defense Compamies of Ukraine" demonstrated joint developments in the framework of the first All-Ukrainian Forum of Private Entrepreneurs of the Defense Industry, started on September 28, in Kiev.

The Forum opened with the participation of Oleksandr Turchynov – the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine – was initiated by "League of Defense Compamies of Ukraine" and NTUU KPI. It is intended to become an open platform for all entrepreneurs working in defense industry of Ukraine, to join the possibilities of Ukrainian engineering on strengthening of Ukraine’s defense potential.

"Today Ukraine is the outpost of Europe, holding back aggressor from advancing West. Therefore, a strong Ukrainian army, a strong Ukrainian defense complex are the guarantees of security of the whole Europe," said Oleksandr Turchynov.

The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council stressed that today, a system of cooperation between state defense enterprises and defense sector enterprises is being created. "As a result – improved quality of products and reduced price," said Oleksandr Turchynov.

"Cooperation between private and public sectors is constantly expanding due to UOP import substitution program, memorandums with leading scientific institutions of Ukraine, and the defense hub, established April 13, 2017 by the State Concern and "League of Defense Compamies of Ukraine", strenghtening cooperation of the private and public sectors of the defense industry. These steps allowed to create a powerful union of 583 enterprises, of which 134 – UOP enterprises, 40 – "League of Defense Compamies of Ukraine" and another 409 – enterprises, involved by UKROBORONPROM under import-substitution program. The result of the effective cooperation between the SC "Ukroboronprom" and "- "League of Defense Compamies of Ukraine", achieved in less than half a year – is already being demonstrated today at the forum ", – said Roman Romanov, UKROBORONPROM General Director.

Among the demonstrated joint developments, the following deserve special attention, most notably: BTR-60 modernization – carried out by the private Ukrainian company "NGO " The Practice"; the vehicle is equipped with a combat module "Sturm-M" by UOP SE "Kyiv Armored Plant". This very combat module is mounted  on BTR-3DA.

The combat module "Sturm-M" is equipped with a 30-mm automatic gun, a 7.62-mm machine gun and an automatic grenade launcher, as well as a complex of guided weapons "Barrier", providing armor not less than 800 mm, not even taking into account active armor, at the distance of up to 5 km, allowing to destroy any kind of enemy armor.

In addition, other combat modules by the SE "Kiev Armored Plant" are installed on the modernized "NGO "The Practice" BMP-1, as well as on the private company’s own development – the armored car "Kozak".