During his working trip to Zaporizhzhya Region, President Petro Poroshenko visited SE “Scientific and Production Complex “Iskra” and talked to employees. The Head of the State also took part in the transfer of modern equipment samples, manufactured by “Iskra” for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Head of the State stressed that the plant’s products play an important role in protecting the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and thanked the personnel for diligent work and high professionalism, informs the Press Office of the President.

The President stressed that it is very important that high-tech military production is based on the use of Ukrainian components or those, manufactured in cooperation with partner countries of Ukraine.

Petro Poroshenko said that "Supply of the Ukrainian Army is to be a priority and only then – military-technical exports".

"First of all, we are to meet the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and so we allocate 5% of GDP to equip the Armed Forces, which has never been in the history of Ukraine," emphasized the President.

He also noted that the funds of the returned $ 1.5 billion – stolen from the people of Ukraine by the previous government – are directed not only for equipping comfortable hostels for the military, but also for procurement of modern weapons, manufactured by the military-industrial complex of Ukraine.

The President emphasized that development and launching of “our counter-battery stations, which, in their characteristics, are higher than those we offer in foreign markets" became possible due to priority of supporting the domestic military-industrial complex. The same applies to 3D radar stations.

"This pearl of the military-industrial complex of Ukraine plays an extremely important role in ensuring defense capability of the state," said Petro Poroshenko about the SE “Scientific and Production Complex “Iskra”.

"The main capital is people, the working hands. It’s because of you your work, your team – a unique team, saved under difficult conditions," the President emphasized the importance of 100% loading of the military-industrial complex for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He also added that the Law "On National Security of Ukraine", approved yesterday by the Verkhovna Rada, will guarantee the budget financing of the military-industrial complex for the coming years.

"The contribution made by each of you to the defense capability of the country is no less than the contribution of the soldier on the front line, the contribution of the diplomat, ensuring support of the world coalition for Ukraine," – said the President to “Iskra” employees.

"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.