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Ukrainian army to receive newest tanks and anti-tank complexes this year

Source : 112 Ukraine

"We expected to receive the Oplot tanks at the end of last year and beginning of 2018, but, based on the capabilities of our defense industry, we assume that we will get such tanks by the end of 2018," Muzhenko said.
20:45, 25 February 2018

112 Agency

In 2018, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will receive the latest anti-tank complexes Stugna and Korsar, as well as the Oplot tanks. This was stated in the commentary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Head Viktor Muzhenko.

"We expected to receive the Oplot tanks at the end of last year and beginning of 2018, but, based on the capabilities of our defense industry, we assume that we will get such tanks by the end of 2018," Muzhenko said.

Muzhenko also added that this year the Armed Forces will receive anti-tank systems Stugna and Korsar, which have already been tested by the Ukrainian military.

"This is a modern and powerful armament, it has already been determined which units which complex should be equipped with, and by the end of this year we will significantly increase our anti-tank defense," the Chief of Staff said.

Oplot is the Ukrainian main battle tank, developed by the Kharkiv Design Bureau for Machine Building. The main weapon of the tank is the 125-mm cannon KBAZ. The tower rotates 180 degrees in less than 5 seconds (the rotation speed of the tower relative to the body is up to 40 deg/s). In case of an abnormal situation, reserve mechanical actuators of the cannon and tower guidance are provided.

In May 2009, the tank was adopted for service by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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