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MZKT - between China and Russia

Minsk wheel tractor plant was in the center of a small scandal. On the Internet, information appeared that the plant was sold to the Chinese. This caused a stir in the media. But official representatives of the Belarusian state deny a deal with the Chinese. These rumors may be a manifestation of Minsk bargaining with the Russian state.

A representative of the Goskomvoyenproma refuted the report on the sale of shares of Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT) to investors from China.

"There were no deals with the participation of the Chinese with MZKT shares and were not planned," the representative of the State Military Committee told Interfax-Zapad agency on Sunday.

The agency interlocutor claims that MWTP is considered as a participant in one of the integration projects agreed at the level of the governments of Belarus and Russia. “In accordance with the previously reached agreements, the negotiation process on this project with the participation of the MWTP and the Russian side continues, everything is going according to the previously scheduled schedule,” said a representative of the State Military-Industrial Committee of Belarus.

The Chinese do not make sense to invest in the Belarusian plant. Easier - buy a couple of tractor and copy them completely. But there is no smoke without fire.

The first joint venture with the Chinese Sanjian-Volat with the participation of the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant for the production of heavy heavy-duty chassis of the WS family in China with an annual production of about 300 machines was established in 1997 year. In 2009, the founding agreement of the joint limited liability company "Volat-Sanjiang" for the production of hydromechanical transmissions (GMF) at the production site in Minsk was signed. A year ago, the Chinese manufacturer of multi-axle special chassis Hubei Sanjiang Aerospace Wanshan Special Vehicle Co (part of the rocket and space concern CASIC) announced the start of production, with the support of MWTP, fully localized hydraulic transmissions for 500 hp power units. Thus, China has become one of the few countries in the world, along with the United States, Germany and Belarus, capable of independently producing such complex units.

The main contenders for the purchase of a strategic Belarusian company were Russian KamAZ, Almaz-Antey and Uralvagonzavod. The Belarusian side refused to sell a controlling stake in the JSC, insisting on maintaining 50% of the company's shares.

Rumors about buyers and investors from China can be an element of psychological pressure on the Russian authorities on the eve of the next round of negotiations on the MWTP.

At the end of 2012, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it intends to transfer the Armed Forces from the heavy chassis of the Minsk production to the systems of Russian development. The Bryansk Automobile Plant (BAZ), which is expected to receive most of the orders for special wheeled chassis for Iskander complexes and multiple launch rocket systems, is considered the most likely supplier of new chassis for Russian military vehicles.

There are several reasons for making this decision. In particular, the Russian authorities decided to adhere to the policy of technical independence from imported products in terms of components and the basic component. In addition, according to a source in the General Staff, the cost of the Minsk special wheeled chassis is approximately 15-20 percent higher than the cost of similar Russian-made systems. Finally, the Bryansk BAZ-69092 chassis is lighter and more compact than the Minsk MZKT-7093, on which the Iskander complexes are based.

However, a relatively quick transition from the Minsk chassis to the Russian ones will fail. According to a newspaper source at BAZ, the BAZ-69092 chassis was developed at its own expense and presented to the Russian Ministry of Defense in July 2011. It will take from five to seven years to conduct development work, test and refine the chassis.

MZKT was established in 1954, at the beginning of 2010, the state-owned enterprise was transformed into an open joint-stock company with an authorized fund of Br177,2 billion. The state owned 100% of shares of the joint-stock company. The company was subordinate to the State Military-Industrial Committee of Belarus.

MZKT manufactures wheeled platforms for Iskander, Topol-M and Yars missile systems, Uragan, Smerch, Grad, Tornado multiple launch rocket systems, Osa-1T, and Buk-2M, Tor-M2, Triumph C-300 and Triumf C-400, Bastion, Bal-E, Klub-M anti-ship coastal missile systems, radar stations, bridge-laying systems and other ground-based missiles mobile weapons and military equipment.

MZKT - between China and Russia

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  1. DmitryK
    DmitryK 6 June 2013 12: 45
    Handsome men ,,,, I would ride!
  2. ziqzaq
    ziqzaq 6 June 2013 12: 47
    Old Man well done !!!
  3. vladsolo56
    vladsolo56 6 June 2013 12: 49
    If the politicians of Russia did not behave in relation to Belarus as reketiri, then there would be no misunderstandings at all.
    1. Kyrgyz
      Kyrgyz 6 June 2013 19: 52
      Quote: vladsolo56
      If the politicians of Russia did not behave in relation to Belarus as reketiri, then there would be no misunderstandings at all.

      now life has developed so that either you are a retailer or a sucker, you have already been suckers, now it makes sense to squeeze.
  4. svp67
    svp67 6 June 2013 12: 49
    Oh, how annoying it is to "push head to head" two very valuable and necessary manufacturers, but in this situation, the choice in favor of BAZ, as a citizen of Russia, appeals to me more, but you can't refuse MAZ either ... We must look for the "golden mean" ..
  5. Dawn
    Dawn 6 June 2013 12: 53
    But Belarusians do it with high quality, and the prices are higher because they take metal from us, and there customs taxes, etc. Everyone knows how the current "effective" managers organize production, and creating a bicycle anew is more expensive than buying a finished production and making improvements on its basis.
    1. cartridge
      cartridge 6 June 2013 13: 15
      But Belarusians are doing it qualitatively, and prices are higher because they take metal from us, and there are customs taxes, etc.

      Dear Dawn, what is the place where you saw the customs inside the Customs Union? Wake up, it's summer 2013 outside the window! Customs abolished two years ago!
      And about the quality, I would not be so categorical. We had a control car on the MZKT chassis and with a kung from the Minsk EMZ. So Belarusian breeders probably spent more time on it than at their own factories. Although the size of their business trips may have influenced this. At that time, if memory serves, they had about $ 40 a day. winked Fuel consumption and especially oils are such that ... crying So, with all due respect to the MZKT, I would invest Russian money in Shoigu's place in the Russian Bryansk Automobile Plant. In every sense, this approach will pay off.
      1. DEfindER
        DEfindER 6 June 2013 14: 25
        Quote: cartridge
        So, with all due respect to the MZKT, I would invest Russian money in Shoigu's place in the Russian Bryansk Automobile Plant. In every sense, this approach will pay off.

        One thing is clear that our countries must build such a relationship so that there is healthy competition between the MZKT and BAZ, and not the strangulation of one by the other. In Soviet times, this was the case, and all design bureaus not only existed but constantly developed. This kind of competition is needed both by the military, who will receive the equipment made with maximum efficiency, and for factories that, having improved, will be able to compete not only in the TS but also in the world.
      2. Dawn
        Dawn 6 June 2013 14: 54
        Yes, I got excited with customs, but with the reduction of vocational schools, the Russian Ministry of Education got excited, everything is fine with the Belarusians with training, the change and continuity of generations in the factories has been preserved.
        In addition, you will not find in stores electric drills made in Russia, the maximum assembled from Chinese parts with a Russian sticker.
        Would you feel good if Poplars and Yars were transporting tractors assembled from Chinese parts?
        Belarusians have saved what production chicks and production itself have destroyed!
      3. Grey74
        Grey74 6 June 2013 14: 56
        Dear Dawn, what is the place where you saw the customs inside the Customs Union? Wake up, it's summer 2013 outside the window! Customs abolished two years ago!

        Last Saturday, I traveled to Kazakhstan, believe the customs are in place and it takes an hour to pass through a line of 3 cars.
        1. cartridge
          cartridge 6 June 2013 22: 46
          I won’t argue about Kazakhstan, because I don’t know. But with regard to Belarus, I know for sure that no customs in Russian-Belarusian trade and economic relations interfere.
      4. AlexAl
        AlexAl 6 June 2013 23: 18
        You say oil consumption - did the engine of the Yaroslavl plant stand? Belarus does not make its engines, either the Yaroslavl plant or man.
  6. Mizhgan
    Mizhgan 6 June 2013 12: 56
    I would treat the Chinese with caution .... Where there is a concept of "superpower" there must be on the alert ... Although I have no objection against China yet ... But this is for now .... When RUSSIA gets up from its knees, alas, relationships can change ... would not like this scenario ...
    SPIRITofFREEDOM 6 June 2013 12: 57
    Quality is everyone’s business good
  8. maestro123
    maestro123 6 June 2013 12: 58
    Judging by the photographs, the impression is that the plant is being supported by the optimism of plant workers who love their job.
    As in many factories there are sensible people, there is no money for a decent salary and modernization of the plant.
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  10. Grigorich 1962
    Grigorich 1962 6 June 2013 13: 14
    With the Chinese, someone slipped a strong misinformation .... you look like our fussed. 50 to 50 does not suit .... but here once and may lose everything ...... yes .... the market ... his mother.
    And the plant is really cool and the products are needed ..... The Union State is blin ... we could have agreed ... it's me so patsansky
  11. individual
    individual 6 June 2013 13: 30
    Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant - enterprise zest and brand Republic of Belarus.
    Old Man does not make sense to sell "the goose that lays the golden eggs" and in the boundless future.
    It’s another matter to sell shares, they can bargain here.
    About the Chinese ability to copy technology and the ability to splurge, much less to drive a wedge in the interstate relations of third countries has become the rule of their business.
    Examples with airplanes:
    J-6 clone of our Mig-19, J-7 clone of Mig-21, J-8 - Su-30, J-11 - Su-27 and Su27SK. The list goes on.
    And between Russia and Belarus there are "misunderstandings".
  12. avt
    avt 6 June 2013 13: 57
    Continuation of the dispute between business entities
    Quote: svp67
    opt for BAZ,

    And BAZ in this situation is a bargaining chip, with not bright prospects.
    1. svp67
      svp67 6 June 2013 17: 57
      Quote: avt
      And BAZ in this situation is a bargaining chip, with not bright prospects.
      Honestly, I expected something like that. and very sorry ...
  13. pinecone
    pinecone 6 June 2013 14: 01
    Undoubtedly, in this case, some kind of sounding by the Chinese took place. They roam around the world, buying up industrial enterprises, raw material deposits, farmland, etc.
  14. Samminosh
    Samminosh 6 June 2013 14: 44
    The MZKT is one of the most popular Belarusian arms production, so Father But can be understood.
    But Shoigu can also be understood, since the most severe Russian weapons (such as Topol and Tornadoes) are not produced at fully Russian facilities, which is risky.
    You never know what will happen later, with the missiles for the Typhoons already somehow screwed up.

    PS Tractors are brutal, of course.
    USSR as it is.
  15. Yves762
    Yves762 6 June 2013 16: 16
    IMHO, it's so late to drink Borjomi ... am :
    A few years ago, Western military intelligence in China discovered the 6-axle Belarusian off-road chassis MZKT-7916 (MAZ-547В), which at one time was the basis of the medium-range missile launcher RSD-10 "Pioneer" (western designation SS-20). As it is known, the BRSD as a class of strategic missile weapons was eliminated in 1990 under the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate and Shorter Range Missiles concluded between the USSR and the USA in 1987. It is believed that the MZKT-7916 chassis arrived in China in the amount of six units and that even their mass production is being prepared, but there is no reliable information for this case ...
  16. gregor6549
    gregor6549 6 June 2013 17: 53
    Don't trust rumors. Belarus will never sell MZKT, i.e. one of the few Belarusian "hens" laying golden eggs. Moreover, Old Man insists on closer military-technical cooperation with Russia, and Russia carries a lot of things on MZKT products: both Topol and all kinds of air defense systems. Batka may well sell a couple of hundred such tractors to China. All the more so as he paved the way to China in the early 90s. And why not sell if they buy. Where is that China and where is that Belarus? Even if the Chinese load something flying on these tractors, it is unlikely that it will reach Belarus from China.
    1. Samminosh
      Samminosh 7 June 2013 16: 23
      The fact that the Chinese will copy some of the best Soviet tractors does not bother you?
  17. My doctor
    My doctor 6 June 2013 18: 15
    Not funny photos from the factory. Workers of advanced age, overalls, saw a suede only at the welder and gas cutter about the hebesh form they most likely do not know. Yes, plus manual gas cutting of sheet metal. Mid-XNUMXth Century Production Technology
    1. wandlitz
      wandlitz 7 June 2013 04: 48
      And in our Kurgan shops were made from a similar factory, and the fact that small enterprises and abandoned workshops are not suitable for traders. So it’s better as in Minsk than as in Kurgan. And in Soviet times, our KZKT was no less famous factory than the MKZKT.
    2. gregor6549
      gregor6549 7 June 2013 14: 37
      There is a misunderstanding shown in the photographs. This is just a big plus for the plant managers that they do not get rid of experienced personnel, which ensures, along with high quality work, the necessary continuity. Indeed, even in Soviet times, it was the old experienced personnel who were entrusted with the most difficult work and taught the young shift.
  18. sergey158-29
    sergey158-29 6 June 2013 22: 46
    I would not like to upset the Russians, but you as children, besides "byltransgaz", did someone sell you something? And you all believe in fairy tales, although as someone noted above, it is a sin not to breed suckers ... while your king is playing in the EurAsEC
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