The subsidiary of the State Company Ukrspecexport, the State Company Ukroboronservice, concluded the foreign economic contract for major overhaul and supply of 50 main battle tanks T64BV-1. The works will be performed by the State Enterprise Kharkiv plant of armored tanks.
“The signing of the contract is an important step of the Concern towards introduction of this type of tank on world arm markets. T-64 is considered to be the strategic breakthrough and it has never been exported before, up to the present moment.
T-64 is superior to T-72 by the list of main technical specifications such as firepower, tank’s protection and passability, also the upgraded T-64 tank into the version of T-64BM Bulat is superior to T-90 accordingly.
“Moreover, under the criteria “price-quality” the upgraded T-64 is superior to the list of foreign analogues,” Vadym Fedosov, the Director of Division of Armored Vehicles, Artillery Armament, Automotive Vehicles, Engineering and Special Equipment of the Ukroboronprom said. He emphasized that the contract has been concluded within the fulfilment the Concern management decision concerning the expansion of supplies of armored vehicles for foreign customers.
“Due to availability of great number of units of T-64tank in Ukraine, it is more profitable for the country to sell them on the foreign markets rather than to recycle those machines. The fulfilment of this contract allows providing the Ukrainian enterprises with good work load, increasing profit of the Concern and assignments to the budget, as well creating of new working places in as mid-term prospect. For example, the supply of each tank T-64 allows to create at least one working place at the contractor enterprise,” V. Fedosov said.
He also informed that after the signing the contract for repair and supply of 50 tanks T-64BV-1, the State Enterprise “Kharkiv Plant of Armored Tanks” will increase its outputs almost up to UAH 100 mln. Thus, the enterprise will get new possibilities in 2014.
First of all, the number of working places will be increased: number of personnel will be increased by 20% compared to 2013. The average wages of the enterprise will amount to UAH 4350, the wages of production workers and other personnel amounting to UAH 4644 and UAH 4080 accordingly. The assignments to the budget will be increased up to UAH 5.1 mln. The expected profit will amount to UAH 4.5 mln, which will give the opportunity to renew fixed assets of the enterprise and make their repair and upgrading.
Sergiy Gromov, the Director General of the State Concern “Ukroboronprom”, declared that Ukroboronprom aims to extent export of T-64 tanks. “The list of foreign partners, which operate the equipment manufactured in the Soviet Union, show the interest in purchasing of these tanks. We are sure in the success of this product,” the Director General said.
The Т-64 main battle tank concept was developed in the beginning of 60s by DB of Kharkov Machine-Building Plant (now the State Enterprise “Kharkov Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau”). From the moment of its creation T-64 has been enhanced constantly on the basis of experience gained during combat actions of the Armed Forces of the Soviet Union and the development of technologies.
While the Soviet Union existed the tank has not been exported, because it was considered as strategic purpose arm and was intended to be used for combating the potential enemy from NATO countries. T-64 tank has been produced in serial by Kharkiv Machine-Building Plant (now the State Enterprise “Malyshevplant”).
As of today, Ukraine is the main operator of series of T-64 main battle tanks. Modifications of T-64 MB tank are the basis vehicles for the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Currently, in the interest of Ministry of Defense of Ukraine the enterprises of Ukroboronprom are upgrading T-64 into the version of BM Bulat.