Zhytomyr Armored Plant rebuilds 26 infantry fighting vehicles BMP-1AK to be supplied to Ukraine’s Armed Forces

Zhytomyr Armored Plant, Ukraine’s state enterprise, part of the Ukroboronprom concern, restored and prepared 26 infantry fighting vehicles BMP-1AK to be transferred for operational service with Ukraine’s Armed Forces. Those 26 infantry fighting vehicles were earlier forcibly confiscated from a Polish supplier.

According to the contract signed in 2017, the Polish company "WTORPLAST S.A." was due to supply over 90 units of military hardware for the Ukrainian military three years ago. However, the Ukrainian side received only 20 cars then.

"We faced a situation where a foreign partner systematically failed to meet their obligations. Thus, Ukrspetsexport had to "get" military machinery through court and enforcement proceedings", Ihor Fomenko said, acting Director General of Ukroboronprom.

In July 2020, a Polish court sustained a claim by Ukraine’s State Company Ukrspetsexport against WTORPLAST S.A. and ordered the latter to supply 26 units of military hardware to Ukraine, and to refund advance payments under contracts together with the court costs, which makes over $3 million.

"The success was achieved due to the mutual efforts of Ukroboronprom, Ukrspetsexport, Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our embassy in Poland. So, I want to thank everyone involved in achieving the result", Ukrspetsexport CEO Vadym Nozdrya said. "According to the court rulings (specifically by the Court of the Republic of Poland) economic losses shall be reimbursed to the state of Ukraine. These cases were transferred to the Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigations (DBR) and National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), criminal proceedings were initiated. Our task is to get complete coverage of advanced payments and losses caused by the Polish company".

In October of 2020, infantry fighting vehicles were delivered to the Zhytomyr Armored Plant. The equipment arrived in an unsatisfactory technical condition and without documentation. Therefore, the company’s specialists immediately began bringing the vehicles to the proper condition.

"We had to eliminate the consequences of long-term storing of equipment. Chassis, engines had been inspected, all the necessary documentation had been prepared, etc. Now the vehicles fully conform to technical requirements of the customer and have already passed all necessary tests. Representatives of the Armed Forces accepted the delivery. Infantry fighting vehicles are ready to be supplied to the customer — Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense", Oleksiy Zhukovets, Director of Zhytomyr Armor Plant, said.