The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order with the Kiev Armoured Plant for BTR-3DA vehicles, Ukraine-based industry sources reported on 30 October.
The order is for an unknown quantity of BTR-3DA infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), a locally developed upgrade for the BTR family of armoured fighting vehicles. The order follows a series of delays because of MoD concerns that the vehicle was not suitably priced. There have also been comments on the quality of the armour used that led the Kiev Armoured Plant to release the following statement: “If in some way the European supplier of ATI500AR armour … has deviated from technology and made [the armour] defective, the guilty persons should be held accountable.”
Since developing the vehicle in 2002 and entering it into trials for the Ukrainian MoD, the Kiev Armoured Plant has responded to all proposals from the ministry and states: “[The Kiev Armoured Plant’s] designers have made more than 1,000 changes to the BTR-3 to improve its tactical and technical characteristics.”
Nevertheless, this is not the first order for the BTR-3DA in Ukraine. At least two orders were made in 2016 and one further order in 2017 for the National Guard.
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