“The tests have been conducted successfully. No serious problems have been revealed. We are content with the process of cooperation with the Ukrainian side. In Iraq, the Ukrainian-made BTR-4s, which have been supplied earlier, are operated under difficult field conditions. This is a new and advanced vehicle for the Iraqi Army”, said the official representative of the Iraqi delegation.
The $457.5 million contract for supply of 420 BTR-4 vehicles was signed late in 2009 by representatives of Ukraine and Republic of Iraq. The main contractor is the State Enterprise “Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau”, the sub-contractors are State Enterprise “Malyshev Plant” and other enterprises of the State Concern “Ukroboronprom”. The contract envisages the supply of not only BTR-4 armoured personnel carriers, but also special vehicles based on the BTR-4 chassis, technical maintenance and repair vehicles, and training simulators, with required technical support being also provided.
The Ukrainian side is content with the results of the inspection. “Despite the considerably more strict requirements for acceptance put forward by the Iraqi side (each vehicle was checked in accordance with a special procedure), all the vehicles were accepted without any substantial observations. We will fulfil the contract in compliance with the agreements that have been concluded. Now the main task consists in establishing an efficient maintenance system to service the vehicles that have been delivered to the Iraqi side”, said a representative of the State Concern “Ukroboronprom”.
The Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (KMDB) is a state enterprise, which is now Ukraine's leading design authority for armoured fighting vehicles and used to play a key role in the development of armoured tracked vehicles in the former Soviet Union.
The contemporary activities of the KMDB are distinguished by three main factors:
- the ability to offer customers a wide range of armoured vehicles and other products for both military and civil use, as well as obsolete vehicle upgrade packages
- the provision of equipment closely tailored to customer's individual requirements
- the availability of long-term support for the end user