Ukraine is unlikely to develop new rockets caliber 57 mm to destroy ground targets with strike aircraft. It is possible that the technology of production she received a roundabout way, for example, from Russia. So experts responded to reports of Ukraine held successful tests of new weapons, as reported by the President of the country Petro Poroshenko.
On Saturday the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced the development of the concern “Ukroboronprom” new missile for the Air forces of the country. “Rockets caliber 57 mm and is designed to destroy ground targets and was designed for weapons of attack helicopters and aircraft”, – wrote Poroshenko Facebook.
“That our weapons were better than the Russian”
According to him, during the tests it was found that “only half a second necessary to produce a full block of 20 missiles.”
“If Ukraine still has some missile technology, it means that somewhere there is a leak. I doubt that it is an independent production”
At the end of last year, the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on national security and defence Sergey Pashinsky called Ukrainian missile weapons more effective than their Russian counterparts. Earlier the Secretary of Council of national security and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov talked about the development of rocket complexes of new generation, which will also surpass the Russian counterparts. “Our goal is not just to achieve NATO standards, but, first of all, that our weapons were better than the Russian”, – said Turchinov.
On the background of arms of the Ukrainian army, the authorities have repeatedly stated about the transition to NATO standards and conduct firing exercises. On the eve it became known about the upcoming on the ground “Yagorlyk” in the Kherson region combat firing of anti-aircraft missile systems “Buk-M1”.
Note that Poroshenko has repeatedly talked about the new military developments. In November last year he reported about the successful testing of the missile, which demonstrated the “high precision” at the firing range of 60 kilometers. In the spring of last year, Poroshenko said that his country had successfully tested a domestic high-precision projectile “Alder” rocket launchers.
The existence of the project “Alder” Poroshenko first announced early last year. Then he instructed the contractors together with “Ukroboronprom” in the planning of defence order for 2016 to ensure development and procurement in the interests of the land forces missile weapons in the framework of the project “Alder”, and also complexes of cruise missiles on the basis of the technical solutions of the project “Neptune”.
When the Network showed the first test launches of new missiles, the experts noted that given the oblique start-up at relatively low elevation that were made self-propelled launcher mounted on a wheeled chassis MAZ-543. Therefore, we tested the 300-mm guided missile for use from multiple rocket launcher systems fire (MLRS) “Smerch”. Thus, in fact Ukraine has attempted to create a Soviet analogue of the sample. In the Ukraine there were no appropriate facilities. Such missiles were produced in the USSR on the territory of the RSFSR.
In October last year it was reported that the replacement of the Soviet system “Shilka” and “Tunguska” design Bureau “southern” in the river is developing anti-aircraft artillery complex short-range actions.
“Smacks of some intimidation”
As for testing rockets caliber 57 mm, the expert of Association of military political analysts, the associate Professor of political science and sociology REU them. Plekhanov Alexander perendzhiev considers that “it is more about the moral and psychological side of things”. “First and foremost is the impact on Ukrainian public opinion, the desire to show that the military-industrial complex is developing,” said Perendzhiev the newspaper VIEW.
The expert called inappropriate PR the missiles, Recalling how Russia had struck a missile “Calibre” on positions “Islamic state” in Syria. It was a surprise, “and here a PR goes, reverse”. “Smacks of some intimidation. Poroshenko constantly talked about it. He is still in 2015, has said that he intends to strengthen the air force and missile system of the country,” he recalled.
At the same time Perendzhiev doubt that the rocket was indeed developed “Ukroboronprom”, Recalling the recently leaked information on the purchase of Ukraine for its armored personnel carriers of Russian engines via Moldova. He did not rule out that the missile technology Kiev could get, for example, from Russia.
“If Ukraine still has some missile technology, it means that somewhere there is a leak. I doubt that it is an independent production, that is, someone can help. There is a sense of transfer of missile technology or the delivery of the missiles on the Ukrainian side, Poroshenko talks so glibly about it. Here we need our security services to prevent this leak. Money can do the trick, as they say,” he said.
The statement of Ukraine on the transition to NATO standards do not match reality. As the expert explained, the NATO standard means a different system of weapons and equipment. To do this, Ukraine needs to throw out all your weapons and fully buy American samples. Also you will need to purchase special equipment, the establishment of new industries.
“Then, perhaps, will be the NATO standards. And what is meant by these standards? Change not only weapons, but military-industrial complex, information system. Bulgaria, Slovakia and Poland still has Soviet weapons. They are trying to constantly upgrade. So NATO standards is a criterion which is determined subjectively. It is a term that exists for public opinion. When Poroshenko said that Ukraine is moving towards NATO standards, is more propaganda than reality”, – summed up Alexander perendzhiev.
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