During the final tests in the Kherson region, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko ordered to start industrial production of the Vilkha (Alder) missile system in 2018, the Presidential press service reports.
When asked why this is so important, the president explained, "Not only because the Ukrainian army will finally receive high-precision weapons, which will significantly improve the effectiveness of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is also important because the Vilkha missile is assembled completely from Ukrainian components. Nobody can stop us from producing this high-precision weapon."
Poroshenko also noted that the production of this new precision weapon was set up in a remarkably short time.
"Only two years ago, in accordance with decision of the National Security and Defense Council, the launch of a missile program was commissioned. Today we have completed the tests and the missile will be put into service," the President said.
He recalled that until 2014, the capabilities of the Armed Forces and the missile systems were destroyed. Production was terminated.
"We paid a very high price for this. And now the enemy knows the potential of the Ukrainian defense industry; the enemy knows the potential of the Ukrainian army. I can give you one specific number: this Vilkha missile is 10 times more accurate and, correspondingly, 10 times more effective than the old salvo fire systems that had been in service since the Soviet era," the head of state said.
The President also stressed that Ukrainian manufacturers are working on the development of cruise missiles.