As reported by IA “OPK” (Defense Industrial Courier), samples of various categories of light armored vehicles of domestic manufacturers are being tested at the Zhytomyr and other military ranges of the country. Many of these samples will be included in the state defense order for the next year.
Commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Sergey Popko
The Commander of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Sergey Popko informed the news agency “Defense Industrial Courier”.
According to the interlocutor, in terms of ensuring our army focuses on the modernization of tanks, on good fire control systems. And their base armor, the chassis of the military is currently satisfied. Although there are prospects for weapons and a tank “Oplot”, assured Sergei Popko.
However, as the commander stated, light armor, such as an armored infantry vehicle (BMP), armored personnel carrier (BTR) remains a priority for equipping the Ground Forces.
“There is a developed line for these machines. Now we are looking, choosing, coordinating, how developers can put their products on an industrial basis – how many can produce, what is the price.
We want to get a full line of armored vehicles. It must be multifunctional: for the transportation of personnel, for conducting combat, and for setting light weapons (mortars), and as a command and control vehicle. But it is made on the basis of a single base, ”Lieutenant-General Sergei Popko said in a comment to the OPK.
At the same time, he clarified: the customer is oriented to the domestic manufacturer. But not for one. And for those who work with integrated production. And in this process, cooperation between state and private companies is encouraged.
Among private domestic producers, to the products of which our ground workers have a genuine interest, the source of our news agency called «Practika» and its «Kozak» vehicles line. And he said that these machines are undergoing practical tests, including in the combat zone in the east of our country, so that they can be tested in real conditions of operation. At the same time, Sergey Popko specified, the military pays special attention to artillery control systems at various levels.
As the commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine assured, the selected and adjusted samples of military equipment will be included in the state defense order for the next year.
To the question of the “OPK” as a commander, he assesses the provision of the Ground Forces with weapons and equipment, Sergey Popko answered: “There is no complete satisfaction with equipment. It is necessary to constantly develop and improve our Ground Forces. However, compared to 2014, we are fairly well provided, we are strong and ready to repel aggression. ”
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