Business News, 29/03/2018

Kharkiv Tank Plant: after Thai Contract, Ukrainian Army is Next

Kharkiv Malyshev Plant has completed the contract for supplying battle tanks Oplot-T to Thailand.

General director of Ukroboronprom Pavlo Bukin reports that the last consignment of combat vehicles has successfully passed the trial tests which were carried out in front of the customers’ representatives. Soon the tanks are going to be delivered to Thailand.

Bukin points out that this overseas contract was executed successfully despite Russian military aggression and it provided Ukraine the necessary finance to set in motion production capacities of the defense industry enterprises.

After having performed the Thai contract, the Ukroboronprom State Concern is aiming at production of tanks for the Armed Forces of Ukraine; the primary task is to renovate Oplot tank which was put into service in 2009.

Pavlo Bukin indicates that the tank manufacturers received invaluable combat experience acquired in ATO zone since 2014. Therefore technological innovations are to take into account actual military needs and practices as well as the newest developments in the field. “The improvements will include some advanced digital equipment, particularly the sighting devices and fire control system,” Pavlo Bukin specifies.

Currently, research and development work have been carried out to modernize new Oplot tank. Also within this work, considerable upgrading is planned for T-64 tank used by the Ukrainian Army to get it  compatible with the Oplot model. The developers note that tanks’ common features will significantly reduce both cost of Oplots production and T-64s upgrading.

Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: Ukroboronprom