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20 May 2017

Ravkov: Belarus’ Armed Forces fully prepared to respond to modern challenges and threats

Ravkov: Belarus’ Armed Forces fully prepared to respond to modern challenges and threats

MINSK, 20 May (BelTA) – The Armed Forces of Belarus meet all the requirements to properly respond to any modern challenges and threats, Belarus’ Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov said at the opening ceremony of the 8th international defense technology expo MILEX 2017, BelTA has learned.

“Today, the Armed Forces of Belarus are capable of efficiently responding to any modern challenges and threats. We see the ways of increasing their combat capabilities through the improvement of the quality of our military equipment,” said Andrei Ravkov.

In his words, this process is implemented through the purchase of new armament and military equipment that meets world standards and the development of military complexes and systems for the Armed Forces. In this respect the minister named the multiple-launch rocket system Polonez, radiolocation stations for the air force and air defense troops, unmanned aircraft systems, optic and reflector sights, EW devices, and mobile command posts.

The armored vehicle Kaiman and the lightly-armored vehicle V1 were successfully tested and came into service in 2017.

The defense technology expo MILEX has proved to be an important event in the defense ministry and a venue for developing military and technical cooperation between states and international organizations, holding constructive talks with partners from different countries.

Attending the expo are distinguished guests from Russia, China, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, U.A.E., Serbia, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, and other countries.

According to the minister, the expo gives an opportunity to introduce the partners to the capabilities of Belarus’ military and industrial complex and to showcase the latest developments in the field of armaments and military equipment.

The Belarusian defense technology expo MILEX 2017 opened in Minsk on 20 May. It features almost 140 exhibitors from Belarus, Germany, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Over 350 specimen of armament and military equipment are on display by 11 Russian companies. China is taking part in the expo for the second time.

MILEX is a convenient venue for Belarusian defense industries where they can implement promising projects and reach new technological heights. Nearly 80 Belarusian enterprises and education institutions intend to showcase their products during the expo. R&D products will be put on display by organizations and education institutions of the Defense Ministry, the State Border Committee of Belarus, the Emergencies Ministry, and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB).

Enterprises run by the State Defense Industries Committee of Belarus will showcase for the first time about 90 samples of weapons, military and special hardware. The choice includes mobility solutions, radio location systems, radio warfare systems, and means of destruction.

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