On 2 January, UkrOboronProm (UOP) released an article detailing its defence developments over the past year, including tests of several armoured vehicle upgrades, an air defence radar and a precision guided missile system. Along with other developments of advanced weapon systems, the report shows that the Ukrainian defence industry is growing.
The release details advances made with the BTR-4MV1 infantry fighting vehicle and the T-72AMT, a deep modernisation of the T-72A. Both developments are based on experience gained in the war in the Donbass region. The BTR-4MV1 has completed factory tests and the T-72AMT is currently undergoing company trials. Work is also underway to adapt the vehicles in Ukrainian service to make them more compatible with NATO standards. The report states that the BTR-4MV1 upgrade “allowed [the vehicle] to achieve fundamentally new combat capabilities,” while the T-72AMT “received fundamentally new protection.”
”Other systems to have completed development in 2017 include the 80K6T air defence radar, which is in the process of entering trials. The system is a 3D radar that can operate with any missile-based air defence system in Ukrainian service, in addition to providing an information link for the Ukrainian Air Force. The report claims, “The main feature of 80K6T has become a digital phase active grid. This technology allows you to detect and track goals with super-high accuracy.”
The report also mentions Project Vil’kha, which from the description appears to be a Ukrainian programme aimed at developing the precision-guided missile technology available to the Ukrainian armed forces. The report states, “Throughout 2017, the Ukrainian military conducted scheduled trial launches of Ukrainian missiles under project Vil’kha, manufactured by enterprises of the State Concern UkrOboronProm in co-operation with the State Space Agency of Ukraine."
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