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Proper, god-fearing Soviet tanks use four-stroke diesel engines.  When the tank is cruising, the engine should be happy and produce very little smoke.  But when the engine is suddenly changing RPM, th

BM "Oplot"     Ukrainian designers managed to make biggest panoramic sight i ever saw - overall weight of it is reaching 500 kg.            Oplot-M, or BM "Oplot" after addoption to service i

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   Kek, one of reasons why Kharkovites can't make their best tanks of the known universe is that it have parts made in Mordor Federation.


   The state concern "Ukroboronprom" notified the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine about the unwillingness to conclude contracts for the supply of the newest Ukrainian tanks T-84 BM "Oplot" in connection with the ongoing work on import substitution of components that were manufactured in the Russian Federation. This was reported in the department to the request "Radіo Svoboda". The Defense Ministry reported that in 2019 they did not conclude contracts for the manufacture of Oplot tanks with Ukroboronprom.

   Morozov Kharkiv Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering conducts research work on the replacement of Russian parts, which has not yet been completed. BM "Oplot" was put into service in 2009, but the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have not yet been received combat vehicles. In October 2015, the Chief of the Armored Directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Major General Yuriy Melnik, announced that next year the Ukrainian army would begin to purchase Oplot T-84 tanks.

   In January 2017, the fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that one Oplot tank cost as a company of restored T-64 and T-80 tanks, so the first thing to do is to modernize and overhaul existing armored vehicles. In August 2017, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that the new Oplot tanks would come into service with the Ukrainian army in the near future.


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    "This is trash" - said representative of the Ministry of Defense about a steel, from which Ukroboronprom decided to produce armored personnel carriers for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It is about the modern Ukrainian development of the BTR-4, which almost from the first days of the war turned out to be at the forefront of Donbass.

(c) Radio Liberty Ukraine.

   They are using some sort of Finnish steel because of lack of armor-grade steel production in Ukraine.

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   State Enterprise "Kharkov Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering named after A. Morozov" is forced to transfer almost a thousandth staff of the enterprise to a two-day working week. The reason for this is a series of decisions of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, which create the conditions for the destruction of one of the leading defense enterprises of Ukraine.


   The Ministry of Defense stopped financing the production of BTR-4 due to the inability of the private company Lozovo Forge-and-Mechanical Plant LLC, which is a monopolist in the manufacture of hulls made of steel grade "71", to produce the required number of cases.

   The 85th military representative department of the Ministry of Defense blocked the ability to produce BTR-4 hulls from the European Union’s armored production capacities at the facilities of the KKBM and other Concern enterprises.
   Thus, all the prerequisites were artificially created to prevent the KGBM from fulfilling the state defense order for the production of the BTR-4 for the Ukrainian army.

At the same time, the Ministry of Defense put forward claims in the KKBM for the payment of penalties in the amount of UAH 82,300,000. for failure to fulfill the order.
Also, the Ministry of Defense, without explanation, stopped funding the development of new types of armored vehicles. In particular, the deep modernization of one of the main tanks of the Ukrainian army, which should radically increase the effectiveness of the combat vehicle."
   In fact, KhKBM was left without an order for the manufacture of new equipment, without money to develop future AFVs, and under threatened to get a multi-million fine, which will finally block the work of the enterprise.
   Recall that due to the position of the military representatives on the BTR-4, in April this year, the Zhytomyr Armored Plant SE stopped work on the production of hulls for this vehicle.


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   Ukrainian MoD and companies involved in production of BTR-4s are now full turd throwing competition, on public
"The continuation of the sad show-battle between Ukroboronprom, KhKBM, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, LKMZ ... It's sad to watch all this. Agony." Main Kharkovite about that
"The state concern Ukroboronprom declares that Lozovo Forge-and-Mechanical Plant LLC (LKMZ) misleads the society and the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the quality and cost of Finnish armor for BTR-4, while LKMZ itself is not capable of producing the required number of body armored vehicles.
"The information disseminated by this enterprise that the use of the Finnish armored steel from which NATO armored vehicles are made allegedly leads to an increase in the price of 1 million UAH for one hull does not correspond to reality and is a manifestation of unfair competition," the statement said on the website of Ukroboronprom on Friday."
This is fucking incredible...
   "In fact, the savings on only one building, which is made of Finnish armored steel, amounts to almost 0.4 million UAH. Consequently, the serial production of the BTR-4 speaks of millions of saved budget hryvnias," Ukroboronprom said.
   "At the same time, the state concern notes that due to the position of the 85th military commission of the Ministry of Defense, the use of imported armor is now blocked, and, consequently, the production of BTR-4, because "the real capacities of LKMZ are 1.5 hulls per month."
   According to Ukroboronprom, in the process of ordering and manufacturing the BTR-4, "a military conspiracy plot of No. 85 of the Ministry of Defense and a private producer takes place, where the military department is ready to overpay budget funds to ensure cooperation with a certain private manufacturer."
   “We emphasize that only this year LKZM increased prices for the manufacture of the hull by 1.5 times. This significantly increases the cost of one BTR-4 manufactured by the enterprises of the concern for the needs of the Armed Forces,” the State Concern said in a statement.
   Ukroboronprom rejects LKMZ claims that the Finnish MiiluxProtection 500 armor is designed for safes and is not suitable for armored vehicles, as the military departments of 40 countries of the world, including NATO, use armored vehicles with this steel, and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is actively using cars " Cossack "and" Warta "made precisely from this armor.
   "A deliberate escalation of negative against steel of the Finnish producer has signs of unfair competition," Ukroboronprom said.
   The management of Lozovsky Forge and Mechanical Plant LLC (LKMZ), which manufactures armored vehicles for armored personnel carriers, transmission components and assemblies, sent an open letter to President Vladimir Zelensky complaining about the actions of Ukroboronprom concern, which lead to financial losses enterprises and reduce the quality of military equipment. A copy of the letter is at the disposal of LB.ua.
   In particular, the appeal states that “Kharkov Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering named after A. Morozova, "having received at the end of 2016 an order from the Ministry of Defense for the manufacture of 45 BTR-4, in April 2018 ordered LKMZ to manufacture 34 armored corps, but at the end of the year it stopped any payments to the enterprise, including payments made work.


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   At the SE "Malyshev Plant", which is part of the Ukroboronprom group of companies, the next tests of the modernized BTR-50 were carried out. The updated combat vehicle successfully crossed the water barrier.

   The improved BTR-50 is equipped with the new Ukrainian 3TD-2 engine with 400 hp, which replaced the obsolete V-6 240 hp engine. AFV also received a five-speed gearbox, the chassis components were refined.


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   President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky was perplexed by the fact that since 2009 the Malyshev plant has produced only one tank for the Ukrainian armed forces.


   “I'm shocked about the statistics. The plant director told us that since 2009 we have built one tank, one tank for the UAF. And the statistics are such that in Soviet times there were 900 tanks made per year,” he said on Wednesday in Kharkov at a meeting on problematic issues of the Ukroboronprom.


   Zelensky pointed out that defense industry factories have debt in worker's salaries of up to four years, employees have very low salaries, and in winter people have to work in rooms where the temperature drops to zero degrees.



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   BTR-4s problems continues


   The Lozovo Forge and Mechanical Plant delivered defective hulls for the BTR-4 with the stamp of the Ministry of Defense to the Kharkov Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering. This was written on Facebook by the director of the information and consulting company Defense Express Sergey Zgurets.

... the first three hulls for the manufacture of the BTR-4 new batch. But it turned out that they came with a problems. There are cracks on them. However, on the uncooked and cracked armor there is a stigma of the military mission of the Ministry of Defense, that everything is in order with these buildings.


   Zgurets recalled that on the eve of the new year, the general director of Ukroboronprom Abromavichus said that together with the Ministry of Defense and with the support of the government, they had finally unblocked the contract under state guarantees for the supply of 45 BTR-4 for the UAF.


   The expert noted that the first 12 BTR-4s have already been delivered, an advance payment of UAH 125 mln has been made to KhCBM, namely the design bureau, which was on the verge of bankruptcy, was saved by the efforts of the new team of the concern. It was also stated that all BTR-4, both ready-made and subsequent ones, will be produced using “71” brand of Ukrainian armor, Zgurets added.











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   T-72AMT, look alike.


   Today, January 24, the first batch of 15 repaired T-72 tanks with improved performance characteristics was sent to the army. The transfer of vehicles was organized by the Joint Center for the supply of military-technical equipment.







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   On the Facebook page of the Arey engineering group, photos appeared with a mockup of a new development - a highly protected infantry fighting vehicle. The machine is made using elements of the T-64 chassis, primarily the chassis and the lower part of the hull. Everything else is a completely new development.
   Time will shot how this ambitious project will end.









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