A step to nowhere: Ukraine’s flawed efforts to pitch armored vehicles in Asia-Pacific markets


In the early 2010s Ukraine received some orders for its medium and heavy vehicles from various countries, with Thailand’s acquisition of 49 Oplot main battle tanks (MBTs) being the largest one. However, the country’s declining industry cannot maintain those weapon systems, while its efforts to conquer new Asia-Pacific markets are failing.

In late August the state-owned Malyshev Plant (ZiM), the largest Ukraine’s manufacturer of armoured weapon systems was reported to be planning to cease the serial production of the BTR-4-family armoured personnel carriers (APCs) developed by the ZiM. The Lozovskiy Forging and Mechanical Plant (LKMZ), which produces armoured hulls for one of the BTR-4 manufacturers, did not supply the Zhitomir Armour Plant (ZhBZ) with its production due to very low manufacturing rates that did not exceed 1.5 hull per month.

Therefore, an order of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) for 45 brand new BTR-4s could not be completed, threatening to stop the ZhBZ’s BTR-4 manufacturing line. Read more

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