Source: President of Ukraine
During the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine launched mass production of modern weapons and missile equipment.
“Everything for the army – this is the characteristic of our joint efforts aimed to secure and strengthen the state’s defense capabilities over the past five years,” the President emphasized. At the same time, he stressed that the results of the work could not be unnoticed.
“The Armed Forces of Ukraine entered the top 10 strongest armies of Europe. And in a few years we will definitely achieve the criteria for NATO membership,” the President said and stressed that “the Ukrainian army is prepared now better than ever in the history of our country”.
The President said that the production of armored vehicles had been organized. The army confidently masters such important military equipment as unmanned aerial vehicles. He reminded that in 2014, our troops had used semiautomatic samples of UAVs and there had been few of them.
“Today, the Armed Forces of Ukraine buy modern Ukrainian UAVs such as “Spectator”, “Fury”, “Leleka”, “FlyEye” and others. This year, the unmanned reconnaissance strike system “Sokil” was added to the armoury. In the near future, we will start to produce it,” the President informed.
“Now, we are testing the new Bayraktar Tactical UAS. I managed to agree on that with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. These complexes are already in Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko added.
“For the first time in the years of independence, the state has finally started to produce ammunition after the destruction of the Luhansk plant. This became possible due to the effective operation of the Prosecutor General’s Office on the special confiscation of Yanukovych’s funds,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The President stressed that over 5 years, a real breakthrough in missile technology had been achieved, MLRS “Vilkha” had been created.
“This year we are finishing the development and commencement of production of the “Neptune” cruise missile complex,” he added.