It was stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchinov during his visit to the State Enterprise «Malyshev Plant».

On the 23-24th of June Oleksandr Turchinov was on a working trip in Poltava and Kharkiv regions. One of the points of his program was a visit to «Malyshev Plant». After visiting our shops, analyzing the potential of the company and assessing its work, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine reported:

- «Malyshev Plant» is working and producing one of the best European tanks - first of all, it is tank «Oplot». In addition, the plant produces tanks «Bulat» for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other modifications of combat vehicles. I hope that the products of the company will show itself, including combat conditions. Today «Oplot» is supplied to a foreign customer, but we gave both the Ministry of Defense and the state concern «UKROBORONPROM» the task - we would like this tank to enter the Armed Forces of Ukraine the next year. We already foresee a minimum of 10 «Oplot» tanks into the state defense order for the next year, to have one company with a complete staffing. We will begin transitioning to new tanks for the Armed Forces of Ukraine from now. «Oplot» has shown itself to be one of the best tanks in Europe. When we test it in combat conditions, the plant will refine it and improve it so that it will have virtually no competitors - we really hope so. The main thing is that the plant, which was considered hopeless until 2014, it was planned to be disassembled to be scrapped, now becoming the flagship of the Ukrainian defense industry. This is very important for us, and, of course, the company needs help. We are going in the right direction and we are grateful to the company management and everyone who works at the plant for their worthy participation in the defense of our country.

According to words of Oleksandr Turchinov, there is quite old equipment in the shops, but in case of investing into production, the availability of partners or resources that would provide the plant with new equipment, the company will be able to increase both the number of tanks manufactured and the quality of products significantly.

The head of Kharkiv regional state administration Yulia Svitlychna also promises support to «Malyshev Plant».

- A few years ago the plant produced 5 units of machinery per year, today - 3 units per month. I see great prospects and dynamics in this, - believes Julia Svitlychna. - With the support of the state, the National Security and Defense Council, ministries, we will develop a general outlook for orders together. I hope that Kharkiv will not fail, and we will show how we can realize the potential we have.

- I want to emphasize that after a long idle time the plant is fully launched and runs in a rhythm, - said the general director of the SE «Malyshev Plant» Oleksandr Khlan. – «Oplot» is made entirely in a new set. This is a modern Ukrainian tank, and if it is in our army, it will be a serious jump in terms of defense capability. For us, it will be a very important feedback from the troops to improve this tank and remain competitive on the world's arms markets.

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