The plant "Mayak" is a real legend, it is almost 90 years old. Even before the war, musical instruments were made here. Subsequently released tape recorders, which were used in the Soviet Union. During the time of Independence they tried to produce TVs, but could not compete.
And 5 years ago, in order to survive the crisis, they decided: we will do small weapon.
One of the latest developments of the plant is the VPR 308 sniper rifle. Before being put into mass production, it is thoroughly tested, but it is already clear: this weapon is not inferior to the best world analogues. Kievans, before making their own, studied foreign experience.
“It is better to study the entire market and take a piece. New brought their own, arranged. The deadbolt is very well made here - it is made with two rows of lugs, ”says Alexander Lavruk, leading design engineer at the Mayak plant.
5 years ago in the Ministry of Defense set the task - to master their own production of small arms for their troops. In the spring of 2008, the first samples of an infantry machine gun were made, and in December the first batch was sold.
“Our weapon is cheaper, and in terms of parameters it roughly corresponds to what the best manufacturers produce,” said Valery Fesienko, chief designer of the Mayak plant.
Former officer of the elite special forces Victor Beregovoi tests all weapons at the factory. “When we tested a tank machine gun, we overcame 25 thousands of shots, and we never cleaned it. I wanted to try to kill him on purpose — it didn't work out, ”says Victor.
These weapons are sold to Africa, Southeast Asia, and since last year to Turkey. For all their development money earn themselves. “All is ours. Everything is made of our metal. Refitting and development - at their own expense. We don’t take budget funds, ”says Alexander Peregudov, Director General of the Mayak plant.
Next in line is the development of a Ukrainian pistol. The main competitors of our gunsmiths are Russians, they are the first in the arms market. But Ukrainians are preparing to fight the legendary Kalashnikov machine gun.