This year, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense did not enter into a contract to manufacture Oplot tanks, repots Radio Svoboda.
The publication learned that the reason for this is the Russian parts in the tank. Currently, they have not been replaced by Ukrainian or foreign analogues.
“This decision was motivated by the information sent to us by state owned Ukroboronprom that it was unwilling to conclude a state contract because it had to carry out work to import substitutions for certain components for the tank produced in the Russian Federation,” the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said.
In addition, the Ministry of Defense reported that research work had already begun so that Russian parts could be replaced with Ukrainian or foreign parts. At the moment the process is still ongoing.
The Ukrainian main battle tank BM Oplot will no longer be supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine as the Ukroboronprom group of companies had no choice but to buy components from the aggressor country.