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Poroshenko announces modernization of Armed Forces
14:32, 23 August 2017
Poroshenko announces modernization of Armed Forces

Engineers, designers, leaders of defense enterprises are to upgrade the Ukrainian weaponry by the standards of the 21st century, president says

14:32, 23 August 2017

Press service of Ukrainian President

The Ukrainian weaponry and military hardware will be modernized. President Petro Poroshenko said that at the exhibition of weaponry and vehicles, which kicked off in Kyiv.

‘We begin the program of weaponry and hardware modernization in the army; we’ve got to make our armaments adequate to the challenges of the 21st century. The scientists, designers and leaders of leaders of defense enterprises have an essential task; they are to develop and produce new missiles, missile launchers, modern artillery systems, modern precision weapons and ammunition, combat drones, radioelectronic warfare stations, counter-artillery radars and means of space reconnaissance. We already began serial production of main battle tanks ‘Oplot,’ the Ukrainian leader said.

According to Poroshenko, some of the vehicles presented at the exhibition – and those to be shown at the Independence Day military parade – will be sent to the combat area in Donbas. ‘Those are mainly tanks, self-propelled artillery systems, infantry combat vehicles and anti-aircraft defense systems. Certain vehicles will be then used in the military academies, while others will undergo tests. But it is crucial that today and tomorrow they are present here, at Khreshchatyk street, in the downtown Kyiv,’ he said.   

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