Progress must certainly continue

Session on establishing production of weaponry continues prime topic of President’s working schedule

By Dmitry Krymov

Session on establishing production of weaponry continues prime topic of President’s working schedule

milex.pngLast January, Alexander Lukashenko set a range of tasks aimed at the further development of military-industrial enterprises. At that time, the Head of State inspected military plants in Baranovichi and Borisov, which give proof to Belarus’ strong defence industry. Military-industrial development continues to grow dynamically, moving on since Soviet days, when Belarus merely conducted simple repairs. These days, our specialists have mastered a whole range of innovative repair services: of aviation, armoured vehicles, radar intelligence equipment and radio-electronic weapons. They can modernise obsolete devices to meet the demands of the 21st century, ensuring that our army boasts a high level of defensive capacity. Meanwhile, Belarus receives important revenue from its export of such goods and services. However, higher peaks are achievable, as the President noted during his visit to military plants.

Among the primary goals is the domestic production of military goods: partially mastered via the prototype for an all-terrain armoured combat vehicle. As the President stresses, the face of conflict is changing, requiring military industry to change with the times. Much depends on the ability to act promptly: special-purpose mobile groups need to reach areas where they can cause major damage to the enemy. To achieve this goal, mobile fast-moving armoured cars are needed.

Drone complexes are another promising development for Belarusian specialists. At present, their range of action is being extended and staff are being trained to use these pilotless aircraft for reconnaissance and tactical employment.

Belarus’ military-industrial complex is ready to propose much to the global market and, as seen from the recent Minsk International Exhibition of Arms and Military Machinery, has a great deal to offer its own armed forces. The State Military-Industrial Committee enterprises concluded agreements worth over $350m at the exposition, with contracts worth $700m.

Nevertheless, the President believes that more is possible, and strongly recommends avoiding reliance on partnerships with foreign specialists. The ultimate developments in this unique sphere cannot be sold — whatever the price. Each nation must rely on its own brains and skills. As the saying goes: ‘If you want peace, prepare for war’. Happily, Belarus does not yet face any threat of conflict — but perhaps this is because potential enemies rarely invade where they expect a retaliatory force, as we can see by recent military conflicts — including near the Belarusian border. It’s not difficult to draw conclusions.
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