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Thursday, August 28, 2014 05:39 PM
 
Ukroboronprom's armored products made the core of Independence Day military parade in Ukraine
Ukroboronprom’s products made a core of military parade dedicated to Independence Day of Ukraine, as stated by Roman Romanov, Ukroboronprom General Director. According to the executive, the particular role on the parade was played by BTR-4E and BTR-3E1 armored personnel carriers.
     
Ukroboronprom’s products made a core of military parade dedicated to Independence Day of Ukraine, as stated by Roman Romanov, Ukroboronprom General Director. According to the executive, the particular role on the parade was played by BTR-4E and BTR-3E1 armored personnel carriers.
BTR-4E of Ukrainian army at military parade for Independence Day 2014.
     
Remarkably, they are developed by Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau (hereinafter – SE ‘KMDB’), but their mainstream production is established at both Malyshevplant and Kyiv Armored Plant. “These vehicles are the support for Ukrainian forces.

High firing efficiency and reliable armor protection are key specifications of these facilities, which are tested under the conditions of real fight activities.” – Mr. Romanov reported. He informed that referring the information received from BTR-4E crews, the vehicles do provide the reliable protection against hits made from rocket propelled grenade launchers and large-caliber gun machines. The presence of the APCs there qualitatively increased a security level of NATO manpower. The ability to perform in any time the aimed firing from BTR-4E gun, machine-gun or grenade launcher significantly increases the possibilities of Ukrainian troops.

     
BTR-3M2 120mm mortar carrier at military parade in Kiev, Ukraine
BTR-3M2 120mm mortar carrier at military parade in Kiev, Ukraine
     
Mr. Romanov underlined that majority of the equipment has been already supplied to soldiers. Besides those three vehicles, they created BTR-3M2 – a new mortar modification made on the basis of BTR-3E1. A mortar, being mounted on APC, significantly increases the mobility and combat capacity of compartments.

The issue concerning safety transportation of wounded people towards the medical institutions is being solved in the Ukroboronprom. Thus, three samples of BMM-4S armored medical vehicle on the basis of BTR-4E have been presented on the parade as well. BMM-4S can transport up to 4 seriously wounded persons on the stretchers or 2 seriously and 8 slightly wounded persons accordingly. The modification was developed by Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau, and the mainstream production is implemented at Kharkiv Special Machine Plant. Naturally, it is high possibility that state testing will take place in parallel with the implementation of certain tasks in ATO area.
     
Ukraine Army BMM-4S armored medical vehicle
Ukraine Army BMM-4S armored medical vehicle
     
In addition, two upgraded versions of BM-21 ‘Grad’ multiple rocket launcher systems to the level of ‘Bastion-1’ and ‘Bastion-2’ were also demonstrated on the parade. The modernization projects were developed by Kharkiv Automobile Repair Plant jointly with SE ‘KMDB’, whereas Shepetivka Repair Plant is responsible for carriage out of this upgrading.

Admittedly, on 22nd and 24th of August, 2014 in the framework of Independence Day celebration the military equipment of Ukroboronprom make was demonstrated in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv and Vinnitsa.

In particular, in Kyiv BTR-4E1 and ‘Dozor-B’ armored vehicles, and BMM-4S armored medical vehicle as well (all of them are developed by SE ‘KMDB’) passed the Khreshchatik Street during the military parade. Kyiv Armored Plant showed BTR-3E1 and upgraded version of T-64 tank. Besides, modernized BTR-70 armored personnel carrier and BRDM-2DI armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle (Mykolaiv Armored Plant), and other vehicles were demonstrated during the event. The same time they presented Ukroboronprom’s developments used in joint projects with other manufacturers. There is a universal combat module ‘Sarmat’ (State Kyiv Design Bureau ‘Luch’) mounted on ‘KRAZ Spartan’ assault armored vehicle.
     
Bastion-1 122mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System
Bastion-1 122mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System
     
Bastion-2 122mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System
Bastion-2 122mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System
     

On August 24, 2014 in Kharkov BTR-4E, BTR-4MV, BTR-KSh command and staff APC, BMM-4S (SE ‘KMDB’) and upgraded version of T-64B1M tank were demonstrated.

The exposition in Vinnitsa was formed by ‘45 Experimental Machinery Plant’, ‘Zhytomyr Armoured Fighting Vehicle Plant’ and ‘Shepetivka Repair Plant’. They presented a camp shop composed of two vehicles ZIL-131 and BRDM-2DI, and BM-21 ‘Bastion-1’ upgraded and other facilities as well.

Following vehicles were demonstrated in Lviv by ‘Lviv Armored Vehicle’: upgraded version of T-72 and T-64 tanks, BREM-1 armoured recovery vehicle, ‘Dozor-B’ light armored vehicle, BTR-80 and BTR-4E armored personnel carriers, TRM-OE tank repair workshop. Moreover, two upgraded ‘Hummer’ M1097A2 vehicles with 12.7mm large-caliber gun ‘Utes’ and additional armor were presented during the parade.

     
BRDM-2DI 4x4 armoured vehicle personnel carrier
BRDM-2DI 4x4 armoured vehicle personnel carrier
     

At the military parade for the Independence Day of Ukraine, two new 4x4 APC vehicles were also presented for the first time to the public, the KRAZ Spartan and the KRAZ Cougar which are now in service with the Ukrainian armed forces.

These vehicles are produced locally by AutoKrAZ in partnership with Streit Group, a world leader in the development and manufacturing of security and military vehicles with headquarter based in United Arab Emirates.

The Spartan is a 4x4 LAV (Light Armoured Vehicle) designed and manufactured by the Company Streit Group. The vehicle is based on the FORD F550 with fully re-designed and chassis-mounted body by Streit design and development.

The Cougar 4x4 is a light armoured vehicle personnel carrier designed and manufactured by the Defence Company Streit Group. The Cougar is based on a Toyota chassis adapted to be used as all-terrain military vehicle. The Cougar is an excellent fighting platform with turret capabilities and options for weapon stations. It is ideally suited to returning fire in a convoy escort assault scenario. Cougar is an ideal APC that handles well on rough terrains and facilitates the users with ultimate maneuverability on and off-road.

At the Ukrainian military parade, the KRAZ Cougar was armed with an AGS-17 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The KRAZ Spartan was fitted with an unmanned turret armed with one 7.62mm machine gun and four anti-tank missile launchers.

     
Ukrainian army KRAZ Cougar 4x4 APC at military parade for Independence Day 2014.
Ukrainian army KRAZ Cougar 4x4 APC at military parade for Independence Day 2014.
     
Ukrainian army KRAZ Spartan 4x4 APC at military parade for Independence Day 2014.
Ukrainian army KRAZ Spartan 4x4 APC at military parade for Independence Day 2014.
 

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