UKROBORONPROM State Enterprise "Odessa Aircraft Plant" plans to install own-produced soft fuel tanks (SFT) on Mi-8 helicopters in 2016.
SFT are manufactured by the enterprise in the frameworks of the import substitution program. Ground and flight testing of tanks – which ended recently – showed positive results. As soon as certain issues are clarified and fixed, Ukrainian Air Force Command will decide to establish serial production of soft fuel tanks.
According to experts, "Odessa Aircraft Plant" will start production this year. Considering complexity and technological peculiarity of the works, the enterprise will start producing about 16 tanks per year.
UKROBORONPROM has already signed 13 memorandums of cooperation with the state administrations and Kyiv; this strategy proved its effectiveness. Launch of "Dozor’s" serial production is happening in record time due to cooperation of 40 Lviv enterprises. Zhytomyr Armored Plant included 67 enterprises in the production cycle, which earned 18 million UAH for the first 9 months of 2015.
SE "Odessa Aircraft Plant" is one of the oldest aviation enterprises not only in Ukraine, but also in Europe. The enterprise provides high-quality aircraft repair and maintenance, modernization, spare parts manufacturing and staff training.