Le Point said that Ukraine, despite its dependence on arms shipments from its Western allies, inherited a military-industrial complex from the Soviet era, which was reawakened by the annexation. Crimeato produce its own weapons.
The French newspaper indicated – in a report written by Clément Mashkour – that Kiev noted with concern the decline in deliveries after the failure of the counterattack last June, despite the president’s demands. Volodymyr Zelensky Western countries have repeatedly and continuously granted or sold their country weapons and ammunition stored in their warehouses, especially the German Leopard tank, the British Challenger, the French Caesar gun, and the American F-16 fighter.
The writer mentioned that the shock of the Russians’ invasion of the Crimean Peninsula, and its subsequent annexation in 2014, revived the dilapidated Ukrainian military-industrial complex.
In 2015, Ukraine launched the Bohdana 155 mm self-propelled artillery project on a truck, and it is now on the scene alongside the French “Caesar”. Its production was launched in January 2023, with a capacity of 6 units per month.
Neptune missile killed Moskva
On April 14, 2022, Ukraine sank the cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, after it was hit by two Neptune missiles, which were developed by Ukraine and deployed in 2021, an improved version of the Soviet Zvezda Kh-35 anti-ship missile.
Neptune is launched from a mobile battery installed on the ground, has a range of 300 kilometers, and targets ships weighing more than 5,000 tons. Kiev seeks to obtain about 200 Neptune missiles in 2025.
Civilian troop carrier BTR 24
The giant troop carrier “Bucephale BTR-4” is more than 7 meters high and approximately 3 meters wide. It is armored and propelled by 8 wheels. It can carry 11 soldiers, including 3 crew members, and moves on land and water thanks to Its amphibious capability, and can be equipped with a 30 mm cannon, anti-tank missiles, grenade launcher, or mechanical arm.
Anti-tank missile “Stuna-B”
The Stugna-P missile was introduced in 2011, and was originally intended for export, especially to African and Middle Eastern countries, before it was supplied to the Ukrainian army in 2018. Its launcher mounted on a tripod can be activated by Remote control at a distance of 50 meters, allowing the shooter to hide.
The Sherb is a four-wheel drive vehicle with 4 large wheels, designed by a civilian company, and it is suitable for all terrains and “rolls, floats and climbs everywhere” thanks to its huge wheels that can overcome obstacles that are one meter high.
It can also move on water with its tires that inflate and deflate according to needs and terrain, and several versions of it have been provided to the police for exploration, firefighting, rescue, etc., and were used to evacuate civilians during the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in June 2023.