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Ukraine's Former Minister of Defense Valeriy Shmarov dies aged 74

His heart stopped beating on October 14
14:20, 15 October 2018

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Valeriy Shmarov, doctor of technical science, professor, former Minister of Defense and ex-director of Aerospace Institute of National Aviation University (NAU) died aged 74. Nik Mitra, chief editor of the site "Space-Inform" reported this on Facebook. 

According to the message, the heart of Shmarov stopped beating on October 14.  

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The causes of the death are not reported yet, as well as the time of the memorial service and burrial place. 

Valeriy Shmarov was born on 14 August 1945 in Zholoby village, Vinnytsia region. In 1966, he graduated from Kyiv College of Information Systems and Technologies, then in 1972 received second higher education in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.  

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In 1966-1987, he worked at Kyiv Radio Factory in different positions, from a radio equipment regulator to a production director. He participated in the creation of control systems of several generations of strategic missiles and spacecraft: R-36, R-36M, R-36M2, 3M65, 3M37, including "Energia-Buran" complex. 

In 1988-1992, he was a director of Zhulyany Machine-Building Plant which produces controlled surface-to-air missile for S-300 systems. 

In 1992-1993, he served as a First Deputy Director General of the National Space Agency of Ukraine. He participated in the development and implementation of the National Space Program of Ukraine. 

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Since 1997, he has been an Honorary President of the Association of Aviation Enterprises of Ukraine "Ukraviaprom."

From 2005 to 2017, he headed the Aerospace Institute of the National Aviation University. 

Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine (2002). Doctor of Technical Sciences (2006), Professor (2004).

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