Ukraine: army needs $4 billion in 2019

Ukrainian defense budget in 2019 should amount to at least UAH 119 billion ($4 billion), according to Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko. “We calculated that this should be about UAH 112 billion, a minimum required for the Army, while we are currently seeing the funding will be…

Latvia: Defense Ministry performs final assessment of 4×4 tactical transport procurement

Defense Ministry currently performs the final assessment of procurement offers for 4×4 light and medium-sized tactical transports for the country’s National Armed Forces. Talks regarding procurement of 4×4 light and medium-sized tactical transports were organized in two stages. Twelve contenders submitted applications for the first stage. Defense Ministry’s procurement commission picked six for the second…

Georgia: Stingers to follow Javelins

The Acting Defense Minister Levan Izoria told lawmakers on June 20 that in the near future Georgia would receive the most modern, man-portable air defense system – FIM-92 Stingers – from the United States. Izoria said that together with Javelins, the new systems would significantly empower the country’s self-defense capabilities. Stinger (FIM-92) is a man-portable…

Ukraine: army to get new armored vehicle

The Armed Forces of Ukraine may receive a new Novator armored car – it is considered as one of the possible options for this type of equipment to be put into service. “I’ve heard the report of those responsible regarding the testing process on the possibility of this vehicle’s further supply to the Ukrainian troops.…

Ukraine: ATGMs no worse than Javelins

Valentyn Badrak, military expert and writer, the director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies, says Ukrainian Skif and Korsar anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) have recently proved to be no worse than the U.S. Javelin systems. “To date, there is a whole line of ATGMs, among which the most famous are Skif and…

Kazakhstan: defense industry development one of priorities

“Today’s situation in the world forces all to strengthen the country’s defense capability,” Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said opening the V International Exhibition Weapons Systems and Military Equipment KADEX-2018 in Astana. “Our country pursues peaceful policy aimed at strengthening good-neighborly relations with near and far-abroad countries. However, today’s situation in the world forces all to…

Ukraine: upgraded combat module Duplet successfully tested

Ukraine’s state-owned enterprise Zhytomyr Armored Plant has upgraded the combat module “Duplet”, which is intended for the modernization of armored vehicles, and it has passed successful tests, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has reported on his Facebook page. He also noted that Zhytomyr Armored Plant had significantly increased the characteristics of the combat module and equipped…

Ukraine: $400 million in military products exported to India in three years

CEO of Ukraine’s state-run military-industrial concern Ukroboronprom Pavlo Bukin says Ukrainian enterprises of the military-industrial complex in the past three years exported military products to India to the tune of about $400 million. Mykolaiv-based Zorya-Mashproekt alone sold gas turbines worth $200 million to the Indian Navy for its warships, the concern’s press service said. “In…

Azerbaijan: new-generation weapons produced

The defense industry plays an important role in the economy of every confident country in the world, including Azerbaijan, whose defense industry is expanding with each passing year. In 2017 the enterprises of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Industry continued work on the production of defense products. The ministry noted that the volume of defense and…