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    https://www.unian.info/war/2090899-kyiv-armored-plant-improves-t-72a-tank-poroshenko-video.html
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said the state-owned enterprise Kyiv Armored Plant, which is part of Ukroboronprom State Concern, improved the T-72A tank.
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    "The T-72A tank became even more effective," he wrote on Facebook, adding video.


    According to Poroshenko, the plant took into account the experience of the military in the ATO zone during modernization. He also added that the Ukrainian army would get the Ukrainian-made Oplot main battle tanks due to the changes in the state budget for 2017.


    UNIAN memo. State-run Ukroboronprom Concern was established in 2010 to ensure effective operations and management of state-owned business entities that develop, manufacture, sell, repair, modernize and scrap weapons, military and special equipment and ammunition, and participate in the military and technical cooperation. The Concern incorporates over a hundred enterprises of Ukraine's defense industry.
     
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    http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/444064.html

    Ukraine is launching a program of armed and technical modernization of the army, the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said.

    "Now we are launching a program of military and technical modernization of the army. We must bring our weapons to the level of the 21st century," the president said at the opening of the arms exhibition in the Kyiv's downtown on Wednesday.

    "Before scientists, instructors, heads of defense enterprises, there are important tasks in developing and setting up the production of new missile weapons, cruise missile systems, modern artillery systems, precision munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic warfare complexes, counter battery radars, space reconnaissance, etc.," Poroshenko said.
     
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    https://sputniknews.com/military/201708261056816885-ukraine-tank-armory-dwindling/

    Military observer Gennady Nechaev reveals the bitter truth about the sorry state of Ukraine's tank forces, presenting details about how the former tank-manufacturing superpower has been turned into little more than a storehouse for obsolete equipment.

    Last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko boasted on his Facebook page about the production of a new, modernized version of the Soviet-designed T-72 main battle tank.

    "The Ukrainian Army is getting stronger every day," the president wrote, his Facebook post designed to provoke a surge of patriotic pride among the population. However, according to military observer and Vzglyad contributor Gennady Nechaev, a closer examination of the true state of Ukraine's tank park reveals that there is little for Ukrainians to be proud of in today's circumstances when it comes to the country's tank-building legacy.

    For starters, the analyst explained that the fact that Ukraine is starting to employ a new version of the T-72, the Soviet-era tank manufactured in Russia-based factories, is an indication that the T-64, the country's main battle tank produced by Kharkov's legendary Malyshev Factory, faces problems with modernization and maintenance. Otherwise, why else would Kiev spend its scant resources on the modernization of an inferior platform?

    At the same time, Nechaev noted that while today's Ukraine has essentially lost its former ability to produce new, modern tanks in large quantities, the nation's industry does retain significant capabilities in the fields of repair and modernization.

    "With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian state received a very diverse park of combat vehicles, most of it quite modern. The T-54/55/62 line, the conceptual heirs to the T-34, were poorly represented in the USSR's western military districts [including in Ukraine], and used mainly in training units…Uralmash's T-72 was considered by the Soviet military as a 'mobilization' tank, meant for second-tier divisions. Accordingly, the territories of Ukraine and Crimea were equipped with only four divisions featuring the latter tank; instead, the foundation of Soviet tank units in Soviet Ukraine was made up by T-64s."

    T 72 and T-64 tanks are on display in the Lviv Armor Repair Plant, file photo.

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    In the early 1990s, the newly formed Ukrainian armed forces, which inherited a total of over 4,000 MBTs, only adopted T-64s into service; T-72s were sent to the reserves, or used as training units. The country also inherited between 200 and 500 cutting-edge T-80s, another Kharkov design. Over half of these were sold off to other countries in the 1990s.

    Nechaev noted that "according to the most reliable estimates, at the time of the collapse of the USSR, not counting T-54s, T-55s and T-62s, Ukraine's tank park included 2,340 T-64s, about 1,300 T-72s, and 260 T-80s, 12 of the latter with diesel engines."

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    "The Ukrainian military, together with local businessmen, quickly realized what was what, and the T-72 became a popular export commodity," the analyst added. "Between 1992 and 2014, Ukraine sold 863 T-72s of various modifications to various, mostly third world countries. The last delivery of 14 tanks to Nigeria took place after the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbass."

    Furthermore, among its armory of T-64s, 227 were from the first generation – the T-64R, which required modernization and upgrades to prepare it for modern combat conditions. However, only two tanks of this series ended up receiving the necessary upgrades.

    "In addition," Nechaev noted, "within the balance of the Ministry of Defense are about 500 T-64s in storage, most of them in the so-called 'fourth tier' of equipment, i.e. complete junk."

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    Furthermore, during the hot phase of the civil war in eastern Ukraine in 2014 and early 2015, over 50 T-64s were captured by the militia, with another 200 destroyed or damaged beyond repair.

    This, according to the observer, means that at the moment, there are about 500-550 combat-ready T-64s remaining in Ukraine's Armed Forces. "Accounting for the cannibalization for spare parts of stored vehicles and in the absence of serious losses, it is possible to maintain this park in combat-ready condition for a relatively long time. However, replenishment is out of the question."

    "And here Ukraine's generals also remembered another component of the not yet totally squandered Soviet legacy: the gas turbine T-80. In terms of components, these tanks have a lot in common with the T-64…Restored T-80s are earmarked for the highly mobile assault forces. Each of the seven brigades of Ukraine's Airborne Troops is assigned a company of 10 such tanks. To date, about 60 T-80s have been restored and transferred to the troops by the Kharkov tank repair plant."

    Between 20-40 more modernized T-80s may be delivered to the Ukrainian army in the coming months and years. One caveat to the tank, however, is its use of a gas turbine engine, a finicky design requiring support from weapons maintenance specialists which are becoming increasingly difficult to find in the country.

    That leaves the remaining reserve of T-72s. Nechaev recalled that "miraculously, according to experts, these tanks, even the ones in storage, remain for the most part in tier two (i.e. suitable for factory repair)…The idea of army command is to equip tank companies and battalions of mechanized infantry which lack T-64s with these tanks."

    "According to rough estimates, by the end of 2016, Ukraine has about 300 T-72s, mostly obsolete modifications. Only a small number of these vehicles took part in combat [in the Donbass]; two were captured by the militia. One, a T-72B1 (the most modern T-72 in the country's arsenal) was made out to be a Russian T-72B3 by Ukrainian media and presented as 'evidence of Russian intervention'" in the armed conflict in the country's east.

    Ultimately, Nechaev noted that "in conditions of a complete breakdown of relations with Russia in the field of military-technical cooperation, the squandering of the Soviet legacy and losses incurred during fighting, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have found themselves returning to the situation from which they have attempted to escape: they remain armed with the same three basic tank models. At the same time, unlike Russia, where money has been allocated in recent years for the modernization of the country's tank park…in Ukraine this program is stalled."

    The same applies even to the T-72AMT which President Poroshenko boasted about last week, the analyst noted, with the 'modernized tank' really a hopelessly obsolete budget design expected to provide "only a slight increase in combat effectiveness."

    Nechaev noted that for the military's punitive operations in the Donbass, this may be enough. In any possible conflict with Russia, however, Ukraine's tank forces would be immediately and hopelessly outmatched.

    In any case, "however the current conflict in Ukraine may end, the end result will be that the country's entire modern tank fleet is turned to junk. Everything possible is being done to squeeze the last remaining operational life out of the tanks. After that, the once mighty industrial power will find itself at the same level as an average country in Africa not only in terms of income, but also in terms of its military power," the analyst concluded.
     
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    <<a T-72B1 (the most modern T-72 in the country's arsenal) was made out to be a Russian T-72B3 by Ukrainian media and presented as 'evidence of Russian intervention'" in the armed conflict in the country's east.>> ah ah ah Hilarious!!!
     
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    http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/446590.html

    Ukraine's state-owned Ukroboronprom concern is presenting the defense military complex products at the 25th international arms exhibition MSPO 2017, which will take place in Kielce, Poland, from September 5 to September 8, 2017.

    According to Ukroboronprom, Ukraine at the expo will showcase high-precision weapons, including anti-tank missile systems supplied to Ukraine's army and available for exports.

    In addition, the Ukraine stand will showcase enterprises specializing in creating, modernizing and repairing armor vehicles, the production of artillery and aviation weapons, optical and navigation devices.

    Ukrainian arms producers Luch, Artem, Izium instrument making plant, Photoprylad, and others will participate in the arms show, which Ukroboronprom Director General Roman Romanov will visit.

    MSPO is one of the largest arms shows in Europe, second to only Farnborough (London) and Le Bourge (Paris). It is held under the patronage of the president of Poland.

    Ukraine and Poland have invigorated cooperation in the military sphere and are working on cooperation plans, including the joint creation of land-based high-precision weapons, anti-air defense systems, drones and joint armor vehicle repair.

    The laser-guided anti-tank missile system Pirat, with a range of 2.5 kilometers, is an example of one Ukraine-Polish joint venture projects between Luch and Poland's Mesko concern.
     
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    http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2017/09/08/white-book-2016-armed-forces-of-ukraine-presented-in-kyiv/

    Kyiv Central Officer’s House hosted a public presentation of the ‘White Book 2016. Armed Forces of Ukraine’ for the representatives of Kyiv Association of Defence Attaché, as well as foreign advisers accredited at the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    First Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine Ivan Rusnak presented the English version of the 12th edition of the White Book 2016.

    “The Ministry of Defence has launched a comprehensive reform of the Armed Forces of Ukraine aimed at achieving a required level of combat readiness, national defence, and increasing compatibility with NATO armies,” Mr Rusnak stressed and added that reform goals and tasks are harmonized with NATO-Ukraine partnership goals, 2016 Annual National NATO — Ukraine Program and NATO Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine.

    He also briefed guests on key results of activities of the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    “The Armed Forces of Ukraine boosted the combat potential. In 2016, we trained 18 brigades, 376 air crews, three ship groups, 28 ships (boats) and vessels, 13 special forces units,” Deputy Minister of Defence underlined. According to him, 5 battalions underwent training under NATO standards, 17 STANAGs were implemented, and the tactical medicine training centre was established.

    Mr Rusnak stressed that all achievements became possible only due to partners’ support.

    “We’re grateful for active participation in processes of reforms of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and Armed Forces of Ukraine. We hope for further joint cooperation aimed at strengthening the international security,” he summed up.

    There are 6 senior advisers from the USA, the UK, Canada, Lithuania, Germany, and Poland, as well as 59 advisers from 13 NATO nations working in Ukraine now.
     
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    http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/447218.html

    Ukrainian soldiers, who are on duty in the front line of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area, would receive an additional UAH 10,000 each, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.

    "The extra pay for staying in the ATO zone has been considerably increased. The recent increase was made in August 2017 under my order. Ukrainian soldiers in the front line will receive UAH 10,000 additionally," he said in the military unit of Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, on Saturday.

    He said that the inventory and logistics management of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard has improved. The divisions have modern weapons and equipment. Material and food support has significantly improved.

    The president said that National Guard soldiers will receive over 450 apartments in 2017.

    "After my instructions, according to the plan for reforming military divisions in full compliance with NATO standards, a draft resolution has been drawn up that will change the calculation of payments to military servicemen. I want to thank the government that my proposals were supported and approved on August 30," Poroshenko said.
     
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    http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/449683.html

    Ukraine's first simulation center for combat operations opened at the Yavoriv military training ground in Lviv region on September 15.

    "The center will be one of the most progressive in Eastern Europe. The control bodies of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and partner countries will undergo training there," Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak told journalists at the opening of the center on September 15.

    According to him, this is the first such center in Ukraine, and it was created with the help of the United States. The center is unique in allowing full simulation of various combat situations, check the level of each military and adjust the training of units.

    "The center's work will help draw the right conclusions from the situations occurring in the anti-terrorist operation zone and properly plan the training of our military personnel," Poltorak said.

    The center currently operates as part of the Rapid Trident 2017 international exercises that are being held at the Yavoriv training ground. Some 2,500 servicemen from 15 countries take part in the war games.

    Service personnel of the 18th detached helicopter unit of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo fulfill tasks assigned.

    The total flight time of the Ukrainian pilots exceeds 2,000 hours.

    “Over the past 2 or three months we have a lot of work in southern part of the country where one of aviation groups of the Ukrainian national contingent is deployed. We airlift the UN Mission personnel and goods and equipment, and execute redeployment of troops,” Deputy Commander LTC Yevhen Vakulenko said.

    According to Unit Commander Col. Yurii Verbelchuk, the leaders of UN mission have sent a grateful letter to Ukraine to thank for combat readiness of the unit and professionalism.

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    Participants of air component of exercise Rapid Trident 2017 toured Petro Franko Tactical Aviation Brigade.

    Brigade Commander Col. Mykola Kovalenko briefed guests on capabilities of combat equipment and armament.
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    The International Peacekeeping and Security Center (Lviv oblast) hosts an active phase of the exercise Rapid Trident 2017.

    The airborne assault battalion redeployed to a defined region and its task was to ensure that the landing site of the logistic cargo, which was airdropped from С-130J Hercules aircraft, was secured. The Army and Special Operations Forces units participating in the exercise needed this cargo.

    The cargo was evacuated and delivered to the final place.



    The exercise will be ended by final suppression of imaginary enemy and conducting the stabilization actions.

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    Pilots of the tactical aviation brigade perform scheduled flights in MiG-29 fighters and L-39 aircrafts. During these flights, which are an important element of operational cooperation, they enhance their professional skills. According to brigade commander COL. Volodymyr Kravchenko, the flights help to increase the professional level and enhance skills of the airmen. “Airmen performed daytime and nighttime flights and despite bad weather their flights were successful and performed as scheduled,” the commander stressed.[​IMG][​IMG]
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    Commanding officers of the High Mobile Airborne Forces summed up the brigade tactical exercise. Commander LTG Mykhailo Zabrodsky stressed that during this exercise the military units acted independently without instructions of superior commanders. Commanding officers of military units interoperated and took joint decisions.

    “Brigades did not follow any prescheduled plan, they evaluated the situation at sites,” he underlined.

    The meeting participants discussed and analysed the HQ activities, communications system and troop command system, intelligence, fire damage of artillery units, interoperability with army aviation of the Army and Air Force, air defence, operations, logistics, technical, medical, psychological support, etc.
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    http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2017/...h-commander-of-california-air-national-guard/

    In Vinnytsia Commander of Ukraine’s Air Force Colonel General Serhii Drozdov held talks with Commander of California Air National Guard Brigadier General Clay L. Harrison.

    The parties focused on discussion of cooperation between Ukraine’s AF and California Air National Guard in the framework of the Multinational Joint Coordination Committee on Military Cooperation and Defence Reforms, as well advisory support in organization of air operations centre.

    Gen. Drozdov briefed guests on present and prospects of Ukraine’s Air Force and spoke about structure and tasks of the Air Force. He valued the three-lateral exercise Safe Sky and expressed desire to continue this cooperation in the future.

    The parties agreed on activities related to military cooperation till 2020, drafted implementation action plan of the subcommittee of the Air Force of Multinational Joint Coordination Committee, etc.

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    Fire at ammo depot in Kalynivka, Vinnytsya oblast: about 700 service personnel and military equipment are bringing fire under control
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    Personnel of fire-fighting units of Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, State Emergency Service are bringing fire under control.

    There are four fire-fighting tanks on the scene. If necessary, some additional equipment will be used.

    Totally, about 700 service personnel are involved in fire-fighting activities.

    Mobile kitchen trailers are deployed for service personnel participating in fire-control actions.

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