As reported by Censor.NET citing the NSDC press service, the management of this defense enterprise showed the NSDC secretary the new state-of-the-art equipment, which allows performing high-precision technological operations necessary for the production of modern missile systems.
According to Mr. Turchynov, new equipment was purchased and installed as part of the program to re-equip the Ukrainian defense industry enterprises.
"The program of technological re-equipment of defense industry enterprises is actively being implemented this year, and, importantly, the new state-of-the-art machines were purchased by the plant under direct contracts for the implementation of the NSDC decision on the liberalization of the foreign trade activity of the defense-industrial complex," he stressed noticing that, under this decision, Ukrainian enterprises, regardless of the form of ownership, can purchase technical equipment and necessary components for the production of powerful modern weapons abroad without monopolistic brokering of special state exporters.
"Today, we have seen workshops where the latest technological lines of the best foreign manufacturers are installed, which allow us to increase the overall production threefold, significantly improve the quality, and provide high precision to the processing components, which is vital for missile production," the NSDC chief said adding that VIZAR plant takes part in development of brand new missile systems and upgrades the missiles in service with the Ukrainian army.
Turchynov also stressed that VIZAR plant along with many other enterprises of the domestic defense industry had fulfilled "a critical and difficult task by completely severing cooperation with Russian defense firms."
"Till 2014, the enterprise received 40 percent of components from the Russian Federation and exported 88 percent of its products to Russia! After 2014, these relations were severed while the company managed to resume manufacture of its products without Russian components by means of import substitution. By abandoning Russian markets, the company actively promoted its competitive goods at the new markets, restoring its export capacity," Turchynov said.
The new tasks and priorities of the national missile program were discussed at the meeting with the top managers and designers of Ukroboronprom State Concern and VIZAR SE headed by the NSDC secretary. "The NSDC tasks the defense industry enterprises to develop new advanced missile systems. This applies in particular to missiles that will ensure reliable air defense in our country. This is number one task which VIZAR SE and other leading defense enterprises of Ukraine must be currently fulfilling," he summed up.