Statements of the CACDS

The head of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies addressed the leadership of the Armed Forces

Valentin Badrak, Director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (CACDS), addressed the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in February 26 during an operational and strategic gathering of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, familiarizing the generals and officers with expert opinions on contemporary challenges and risks for Ukraine.

In particular, during his speech, V. Badrak expressed his conviction that Russia will remain an enemy state during the next 5 years, and possibly 10 years, which requires significant efforts towards the further development of the Ukrainian defense forces.

Speaking about the possibilities of improving the cooperation of the Armed Forces with the national defense industry, the head of the analytical center noted that the national industry needs more clear planning in the field of rearmament, which should enable the industrialists to deploy production in a timely manner, modernize their weapons and military equipment (VTs). In addition, in his view, an important step for the development of defense technologies would be the return to government-defined pricing, which provides 5% of the return on components and 30% of profits for work.

V. Budrak drew the attention of the military leadership to the "actual import offensive", in particular, in those areas where there are Ukrainian developments and serial production of weapons. He recalled that now the Israeli defense company Elbit Systems Ltd, which intends to take part in the modernization of the helicopter fleet of Ukraine, is trying to advance its helicopter fire control system and armament, which can suppress national developments - a complex of 524R guided weapons and high-precision missiles RK-2V for development DCFB "Luch". "Israeli hardware and missiles at 4-5 are more expensive, and besides, it will strike on the further development of Ukrainian enterprises of the defense industry", - the expert believes.

In addition, according to him, the same situation develops around the systems of the REB - nowadays the outdated British system AUDS, which can be purchased, in spite of the presence of domestic series complexes "Enclave", "Bukovel", "Note", moves to Ukraine.

All this, summed up the head of the CACDS, testifies to the necessity of creating a clear and transparent mechanism of decision-making in the state on the import of foreign armaments that would provide appropriate justification and take into account the interests of the national military-industrial complex.

Also, the specialist noted a negative tendency in the Armed Forces of Ukraine as an increase in the number of decommissioning of high-tech weapons, indicating a low level of personnel training. He added that it is associated with a significant turnover of staff in the CSA, when a new contractor is to be trained as a recruiter. In connection with the appointed expert, he suggested to the General Staff to reflect on the transition in the future fully to the professional principle of staffing of the Armed Forces, refusing to call.

Speaking about the current trends in the development of armies, the expert drew attention to the strengthening of the two components - the systems of defeat over long distances and the renewal of the concepts of the use of special-purpose units.

After the statement, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Army General Viktor Muzhenko noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine sometimes have to buy foreign ones - when their own defense industry can not provide such weapons on time. He added that the practice of adjusting the volume of state defense orders, the same question often consists in the fact that the enterprises of the defense industry can not fully satisfy the needs of the Armed Forces. According to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the implementation of such an approach in the development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine can be considered in the future only in the case of the gradual provision of the Armed Forces with modern weapons, as regards the professional principle of the acquisition of the Armed Forces (which would involve a certain reduction in the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine).