The next year’s state defense procurement will be approved in early 2016. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Olexandr Turchynov said this at the meeting held December 31 in Kyiv, the NSDC press service reports.
During the NSDC meeting, the participants determined the main directions of development and production of firearms and military vehicles. They also presented strategic military programs designed for next several years.
According to Turchynov, in terms of arms development and production, the priority would be home-grown technologies: modern missile launchers, heavy howitzer artillery, anti-aircraft weaponry and means of communication, modern armored vehicles et cetera.
“The key demand on our military technologies is to match the modern foreign weapons, and prevail over much the same weaponry made in Russia”, Turchynov said, adding that the 2016 state defense procurement should become another step to Ukraine’s victory.
On December 25, the Parliament adopted the 2016 state budget. 263 MPs supported the bill, with 226 votes necessary to pass the document. Five percent of Ukraine’s GDP, or USD 4.8 billion, will be spent on defense and national security in the next year. The document is now pending President Poroshenko’s signature.