Development of modern missile systems is among the key priorities of Ukraine's national security. The respective order is made, so the defense enterprises can continue working in this area; Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council said this during his visit to Vizar, the state-run defense industry company.
'The Council charges the defense industry complex to create the new missile systems. That, above all, concerns the anti-aircraft missiles, which will provide the reliable AA defense for our country. So, this is the priority, which Vizar and other leading defense companies will be working on', he said.
According to Turchynov, Vizar's management showed him the modern equipment and facility, which make it possible to produce such weaponry. 'The respective program of technical re-equipment of Ukrainian defense industry is actively implemented this year', he marked.
The official added that 'thanks to the liberalization of external economic activity, the Ukrainian enterprises can purchase the equipment and spare parts without the mediators' monopoly of state-run exporters'. Turchynov also reiterated that Vizar is also involved in the modernization of the active-duty missiles, used by the Ukrainian army; besides, this particular factory completely gave up any cooperation with Russia in this area - though, until 2014, '40 percent of the necessities were brought from Russia, and the Ukrainian company exported 88 percent of its production to Russia'.
In May, the first test launch of Javelin missiles took place in Ukraine. 'I'm sure that now, the combat efficiency of Ukraine's Armed Forces, missile troops and the artillery have increased considerably', he said. 'Of course, this is defensive weaponry and it will be used only when Russia attacks positions of Ukrainian forces', President Petro Poroshenko said after the test launch was performed at a firing range.