Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), announced the program on the strengthening of the armour potential during the visit of Kharkiv Malyshev Factory, as 112.ua reports.
“The Ukrainian tanks were, are, and will be the best. We have engines, we are making armor! A state defence order is being formed, and, of course, we prepare a serious program on the strengthening of the armour potential of our Armed Forces. Therefore, both Malyshev and Morozov plants (in Kharkiv, - ed.) will be loaded, I think. New equipment has to demonstrate itself in the battle,” he noted.
According to Turchynov, Kharkiv Malyshev Factory is operating at full capacity.
“Today, Malyshev Factory, is operating at full capacity. There is a potential, but the plant is loaded with the orders. The engineers of the plant are working with our military so that Oplot tank would not be just of a high quality, but also to make it corresponding to the tasks the military sets,” he said.
NSDC Secretary noted that the main tanks, which our army has – T-64, T-80, are being modernized. "These tanks are new. We have another system now, new combat equipment. I talked to the Director of the factory, even the engine will be replaced in the tank, so it’s capacity will increase," he said.