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 Ukroboronprom faces major reform, MP Pashynskyi says

The state defense order will be adopted as part of a three-year program from next year, while Ukroboronprom State Concern faces serious reform.

Head of the Parliamentary Committee for National Security and Defense Serhii Pashynskyi said in an interview with Liga, Censor.NET reports.

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"I have repeatedly said that Yanukovych created Ukroboronprom in 2010-2011 with the sole purpose to control all corrupt practices in the defense sector. Ukroboronprom consists of 129 poorly structured companies while some of them have been included there for unclear reasons. That's what we have inherited. Reform of Ukroboronprom is my top priority after approval of the state defense order and army modernization program for the next year," Pashynskyi said.

"It is impossible to leave it as it is. The troubled companies must be addressed. For example, the Ukrainian government has almost completely destroyed Malyshev plant over 25 years. We will definitely lose this unique enterprise without urgent funding," the National Security and Defense Committee head stressed.

According to him, the first steps to change the quality of Ukroboronprom's work have already been implemented.

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"I can tell you one thing: next year we plan to order production of Oplot tanks at Malyshev plant for our own army for the first time. Their number and cost have been agreed. We still need to draft the state defense order," Pashynskyi explained.

According to the MP, the approach to defense sector spending will be also substantially changed.

"For example, 95 percent of the total defense budget in 2013 was spent on salaries and logistics. The current budget stipulates for almost 15 billion hryvnia (about $577 million) for the state defense order and hardware upgrade. And if we achieve that they are allocated and spent as intended, this will actually be the key element of the reform of the Armed Forces according to the NATO standards," Pashynskyi summed up.
 
 
 
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