This was stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov at a joint briefing with Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov after examining the domestically produced Dozor armored vehicle, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the NSDC.
According to Turchynov, the new combat vehicle Dozor is the product of domestic manufacturers, which will be purchased for the National Police special operations force KORD.
"The advanced equipment of this vehicle and its very reliable armor indicate that it can be effectively used in a combat. That is why the issue of delivery of the vehicles with such option pack code-named Varta to the National Guard and the Border Guard Service and possibly the ATO area is being considered today," Oleksandr Turchynov said adding that the armored vehicle can be equipped with various combat modules according to the needs of the Ukrainian servicemen.
He also added that the bulk purchase of the armored vehicles could only become possible after combat tests. "Therefore, the new hardware will pass the main test in the ATO zone," he stressed.
In addition, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov expects KORD immediate reaction force and National Guard to receive 10 such armored vehicles under the contract before the end of year. "We will conclude a major contract under the state guarantee package allowing us to supply about 100 armored vehicles to our National Guard and special operation forces," Arsen Avakov said.
At the same time NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov stressed that despite the fact that Dozor armored vehicle was better than its counterparts previously supplied to the Armed Forces considerably outperforming them, "it's price will be 1.5-2 million [hryvnia] lower".
"That is the competition, which reduces the burden on the budget for the expansion of the scope of military procurement," Oleksandr Turchynov said. He called domestic manufacturers "to reduce the price and make their proposals."
He also noted that since the lives of the military were of paramount importance, "the ambulances produced in Ukraine and equipped under modern medical standards, which will save the lives of many our soldiers, are planned to be purchased along with the combat armored vehicles."