The Ukrainian military industry is in dire need of supplies of Russian components. This was stated by the chief of armament of the armed forces of Ukraine, Major-General Mykola Shevtsov. First of all, we need spare parts for T-72 tanks, armored personnel carriers and anti-aircraft missile systems of Soviet production. Another problem of the Ukrainian military-industrial complex is the lack of components for aircraft.
“The most critical nomenclature is the rotor blades of helicopters and spare parts for aircraft,” Ukrainian media quoted Nikolai Shevtsov with a briefing in Kiev. These certified components are manufactured only in Russia.
Kiev after 2014 forbade any cooperation with Russian enterprises to its military enterprises. Because of this, many Russian-Ukrainian joint projects in the production of weapons and military equipment have suffered. Russia was forced to implement a program of import substitution for Ukrainian products.
Recently, a major scandal broke out in Ukraine involving the purchase of Russian components by Ukrainian companies. According to Ukrainian media, officials of Ukrspetseksport (part of Ukroboronprom) bought altimeter for Russia for An-26 planes of the National Guard of Kazakhstan, which were repaired at the Antonov Design Bureau. Subsequently, officials resold parts to Ukrainian enterprises at a sevenfold inflated price.
Ukraine’s dependence on the Russian defense industry is not a secret. As a military expert, Oleg Zheltonozhko, told MK, during the USSR, many Ukrainian enterprises were assembly plants dependent on spare parts supplies from other republics of the Soviet Union.
“Ukraine is more assembly production. If you take the production of large aircraft, the “Antonov” acts as an experienced workshop. Serial production of aircraft was carried out at other enterprises of the former Soviet Union, ”said the expert.
In late February, the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case related to the Ukrainian military-industrial complex. The prosecutor’s office will check the information about the involvement of the secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine Oleg Gladkovsky to cases of misappropriation, embezzlement or seizure of property in the Ukrainian defense complex. An official close to the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, was implicated in corruption schemes involving the smuggling of spare parts for the Ukrainian military industry and their subsequent resale to Ukrainian enterprises at a 300% mark-up.