Today's test is "the final stage of a large-scale project of Ukrainian scientists, designers and manufacturers," the press office of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) quoted Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov as saying, Censor.NET reports.
"Thanks to the contribution of all those involved in this project, we now got powerful missile weaponry which by far exceeds its Russian equivalent Smerch," Turchynov said.
The NSDC secretary said that the government trials would be held in several stages, during which the customer will check the missiles' performance for compliance with the parameters set. He explained that live missiles would be fired at the predefined targets. "Taking into account the possibility to guide the missiles, separate targets will be set for each of them at different ranges," the official added.
Turchynov stressed that upon completion of these large-scale government tests, Vilkha missile system would be entered into military service while the Ukrainian defense enterprises would launch its mass production.
"I'd like to emphasize that the first stage of the government test during which the missiles hit designated targets at the maximum range was successful - the test program was fully implemented," the NSDC secretary said.