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Foreign Investments Promoted the Creation of Electromagnetic Weapons in Ukraine
28.03.2019

Enterprises of the defence complex of Ukraine have developed and mastered the production of electromagnetic weapons. These weapons are intended for impeding the work of various types of military electronic equipment, including energy supply systems and data transmission systems. 

In 2014-2015, given the high knowledge intensity and significant financial expenses that were necessary for carrying out the development of new types of weapons, the SFTE “Spetstechnoexport”, which is part of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom", conducted the search for foreign partners, who were ready to invest in Ukrainian development and has concluded an agreement with a defence company from Asia. The attracted foreign funds were directed to the creation of scientific and technical documentation and the production of prototype samples.

The new electromagnetic weapon creates powerful electromagnetic radiation that leads to the failure of electronic equipment that is the part of the arms and military equipment or creates significant interference which worsens its regular functioning.

"Thanks to the work done, Ukrainian scientists and developers received the appropriate level of funding, which allowed them to generate new knowledge and make new cost-effective products on the basis of this knowledge. Also, thanks to this project, Ukraine joined the closed club of states which work on the creation of high-performance electromagnetic weapons", Mr. Vladyslav Belbas, director of the SFTE “Spetstechnoexport” said. 

This kind of weaponry uses only the energy of electromagnetic radiation, therefore its operation does not have a lethal effect on people, but it can disable any equipment or infrastructure objects equipped with electronic systems. Electromagnetic bombs can be placed on both rocket and aircraft carriers, including unmanned aerial vehicles.

Thus, the new electromagnetic weapons can effectively be used against strategically important enemy targets, including command and administrative centers, communications points, objects of air defence, etc., without the risk of damage to civilians. 

It should be noted that in February 2019, SFTE “Spetstechnoexport” has already delivered the first batch of the new type of weapon to the foreign customer and is negotiating for the supply of an additional batch of these products. At the same time, defence enterprises of Ukraine are willing to expand production of electromagnetic weapons for the Ukrainian troops in the case of interest on the part of the defence and law enforcement agencies and the submission of the respective order.

It should be noted that SFTE “Spetstechnoexport” earns about 10% of annual income from the implementation of research projects. In general, in 2018, the company performed foreign economic contracts with a total value of USD 152.6 million, which exceeds the indicators of 2017 by 27%. At the same time, 148 new defensive contracts were signed in 2018 for amount of USD 282.5 million, that is a record over the past 5 years. Both the export and import business areas of the company's operations showed significant growth.
 



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