FOR THE FIRST TIME IN UKRAINE UKROBORONPROM ENTERPRISE STARTED SERIAL PRODUCTION OF TRACKS FOR BMPs
SE "Malyshev Plant", part of SC "Ukroboronprom", has mastered a new field of manufacturing - tracks for infantry fighting vehicles. The enterprise specialists have already started fulfilling the order of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
This was announced today by the Malyshev Plant Director General Vasyl Krylas during a visit to the enterprise by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleh Urusky, representatives of Ukroboronprom and a delegation of Ukrainian Parliament members. Production of spare parts for military equipment is part of the import substitution program, said the director of the enterprise.
“Traditionally, our company has been involved in the manufacture of tracks for tanks, so we were able to master the manufacture of tracks with rubber-metal hinges for light armored vehicles in a short period of time, - says Vasyl Krylas. After successful tests Malyshev Plant received an order from Zhytomyr Armored Plant for manufacture of several dozens of track sets. The order fulfillment for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has already started, and as of today the work on the first track set has been fully completed. Mastering this area of production significantly expands the capabilities of our enterprise, and our military will finally get BMPs on the new Ukrainian tracks,” said Vasyl Krylas.
It should be noted that so far the main spare parts and components of BMP have not been manufactured in Ukraine. Caterpillar tracks belong to the list of critical items. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine had an urgent need for them, but the tracks were supplied exclusively from abroad. Now Ukraine is capable of manufacturing these components independently. The director of the enterprise said that the plant finished the last year with losses of about UAH 400 million, but for 9 months of the current year the situation was improved and now there are no losses. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, he added, the plant plans to earn a profit. SE "Malyshev Plant" has many years of manufacturing experience, it has equipment, necessary technologies and military specialization, so in 2019 SE "MP" and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reached an agreement on the BMP tracks production organization.
Currently, the Malyshev Plant is the only manufacturer of new BMP tracks in Ukraine. MP has the complete set of equipment and has confirmed its capability to manufacture up to one hundred sets of new BMP track sets per year. Malyshev Plant continues to work on the development of new types of spare parts for military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine under the import substitution program.
Tracks for BMPs are made of the materials made by the Ukrainian producers: "Dniprospetsstal" in Zaporizhia and "Dintem" in Dnepropetrovsk.
During the mastering of tracks production for BMPs, the central plant laboratory of the State Enterprise "Malyshev Plant" has developed an original methodology and successfully performed cyclic tests of rubber-metal hinges. The rubber-metal hinge has withstood more than 14 million torsion cycles with a radial load of 1380 kg, which corresponds to more than 42,000 km of track running. The prototypes of the tracks withstood the load when moving the BMP-2 on a hard surface with a maximum speed of 65 km/h and with the simulation of full combat weight. During the tests of experimental samples of tracks, the service life of 15,000 km was confirmed. Warranty service life of caterpillars - 7000 km of runnig installed on the BMP or 36 months