16:33 Oct. 10, 2016
Ukrainian armourers to present new weapon at the international exhibition in Kyiv
Tomorrow Ukraine will hold the annual International specialized exhibition of protection means, weapons, military and special equipment, dual-use technologies and goods "Arms and Security". The 13th show of this kind will take place in Kyiv from 11 to 14 October 2016.
Ukrainian armourers and blacksmiths are already showing their new inventions, which role for the country increased dramatically due to Russian invasion.
"The exhibition which will be conducted on the eve of the Day of Defender of Ukraine will have not only a great practical but also social significance. The exhibition "Arms and Security" is a unique tool for the deepening of military and military-technical cooperation with foreign partners, to strengthen domestic economic potential and for the union of all Ukrainian citizens, regardless of gender, nationality or religion, around the idea of building a new strong and prosperous Ukraine," organizers say in their press-release.
State's largest weapon concern UkrOboronProm will present tactical unmanned multipurpose vehicle "Phantom", a new combat module "Doublet" along with many other weapons.
"Phantom" is a remotely operated armoured mini-transporter. Day and night sighting systems allows to use the machine at any time of day and shoot to a distance of over 1 km. Cruise speed of the vehicle is up to 20 km, controls carried out trough secure radio channel or via fibre-wire with length up to 5 km. In addition, it is possible to equip high-precision anti-tank missile weapons.
Combat module "Doublet" is equipped with two 30mm automatic cannons and can be mounted on armoured infantry carriers. Thanks to dual weapon setup "Doublet" the firepower is increased twice, creating a real curtain with 30 mm shells. In addition, it is equipped with anti-tank guided missiles and automatic grenade launcher. Weapon is controlled by computerized fire control, thermal imager, laser rangefinder and laser guide for missiles.
KrAZ will present its own armoured vehicle with autopilot, which has been tested on numerous occasions. It is based on the Spartan wheeled armoured personnel carrier. The autopilot sensors include thermal imaging with automatic targeting systems, all-sky camera, front and rear radars for detecting obstacles, a rangefinder and a capacitive sensor for human presence within a radius of 18 meters. The unmanned Spartan can be operated by a tablet, ‘smart glove' or operator station.
Scientific-Production Association ‘Praktyka' will present a whole bunch of new armour: light fighting vehicles ‘Kozak 2M-D' and ‘Kozak 2M-R', mortar carrier ‘Otaman 6x6' and personnel carrier ‘Otaman 8x8', which look like Western APCs of Stryker class.
Also Ukrainian state-owned plant Pivdenmash is currently developing an analogue to Russian Iskander missile system – ‘Grim-2'. The maximum firing range of the missiles would be 450 km. ‘Grim-2' is intended to replace the Soviet ‘Tochka-U' missile system. But will it be presented on the tomorrow show – remains to be seen.
But what is known for sure – Ukraine Today correspondents will definitely visit the exhibition and you'll be able to learn more about the cutting edge military technology of warring country. Don't miss our reports and photo galleries.