December 14, 2017 – FRN –
The Ukrainian Armed Forces face a number of problems, including the ‘failed’ Bulat tanks. This was stated in an interview with the Ukrainian agency “Defense Industry Courier”, by the Deputy Commander of the Land Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yuri Tolokny.
“Some of our equipment is obsolete, and the potential for modernization is almost exhausted. Some variants of modernization have been unsuccessful in real combat. For example, tanks T-64BM Bulat, due to its heavy weight and weak engine were ineffective, they were transferred to the reserve, and replaced by T-64”- said the Ukrainian General.
Tolokny said that Ukraine needs to create new models of armored vehicles, which is difficult for the country.
“There are other problems here – the “Oplot”, for example, in the Armed Forces is available for production in just one enterprise – the Kharkov Institute of Tank Forces. So there i real question over the state’s possibility for procurement, and mass production of new machines.” – he said.
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