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 Ukroboronprom proposes to fund the Army rearmament by selling ‘Oplot’ tanks

Fulfillment of export contracts will help to speed up Ukrainian army rearmament without additional burden on the state budget.

Ukroboronprom First Deputy Director General Serhii Pinkas announced, Censor.NET reports.

According to him, part of Ukroboronprom production, which is not needed in combat missions in the ATO area, should be exported, and received funds are to be used to upgrade the Ukrainian army.

The "Bulat" tanks are produced in Kharkiv by Malyshev plant. They are in service with the Armed Forces and are widely used in the ATO area. It is more profitable to export "Oplot" tanks than to use them in the war. Export price of one Oplot is $4.9 million. It is better to sell it and use the received funds to repair and upgrade several dozen of T-64 tanks up to Bulat level.

"The terrain of the hostilities zone is more suitable for armored personnel carriers or armored vehicles, but not tanks. Upgraded T-64 and T-72 tanks are quite suitable for accomplishing tank missions," Serhii Pinkas said.

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At the same time, he noted that the State Holding plans to produce 40 Oplot tanks this year.

"We plan to reach production level of 100-120 Oplots next year," Serhii Pinkas said.

Ukroboronprom Director General Roman Romanov previously reported that Ukraine's military industrial complex has considerable development potential. Therefore, the international market penetration is a long-term work, which could eventually bring significant additional funds to the state budget of Ukraine.

The State Holding reminded that enterprises of the Ukroboronprom actively cooperate with NATO member countries. The State Holding companies were granted access to the main directory of NATO logistics and currently test it by searching for products and their suppliers. In addition, the State Holding will take part in a joint workshop on standardization with representatives of NATO member countries.

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