Fast and powerful.
Ukrainian main battle tank BM “Oplot” is considered the best domestic development. He’s worth 120 million, and its production involves nearly 100 Ukrainian enterprises. However, in the area of ATO in the Donbas about it only dream of.
Powerful engine “Stronghold” gives you more speed, tank has perfect protection and advanced weapon control system. This makes it much more expensive, but provides the advantage over the “Bulat” and other modernized tanks, which Ukraine inherited from the Soviet Union.
The feasibility of using these tanks in the area ATO argued by the military, and heads of state. In the beginning of 2017, President Petro Poroshenko believed to produce expensive and complex tanks in war is irrational, it is possible for the same money to upgrade existing machines to the level of main battle tank T-64BM “Bulat”.
“Or one “Stronghold”, or 10 deeply modernized and repaired T-64 and T-80. First and foremost, we must ensure that the tank units in a very short time”, — said Poroshenko.
In July of this year the President signed a decree on the allocation of additional 300 million UAH from the special Fund for the first 10 “Stronghold” for the APU.
While we do not produce “Hold” for their own needs — machine export abroad. 2011, Ukraine has concluded a contract to supply 49 tanks to Thailand in the amount of $ 200 million. Because of the repeated delays of the production order is still, according to experts, is not yet financially profitable for Ukraine.
“It’s a question of image. Otherwise, both Russians and any other country is a competitor in this market, it will say that Ukraine nesposobna to build tanks,” says military expert, Director of the Defense express Serhiy Zgurets.
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