The report states that “transportation of personnel and cargo, removal of the wounded, transportation of ammunition and food to checkpoints, etc. became a very serious problem "for the Ukrainian military.
“If we analyze the data on our losses, then a very weighty part of them falls on the consequences of terrorist attacks on convoys on the march”write journalists. This problem, in their opinion, remains in the “territories of Donbass liberated from terrorists, where separate groups of“ separatists ”continue to operate.
According to the IS journalists, the BTR-3, the BTR-4 and the Dozor-B light armored personnel carrier purchased by the security forces decide how to transport soldiers, but it takes a lot of time to produce them (up to 6 months). In addition, the machines are not adapted for freight. And their third drawback is the high cost (one “Dozor-B” costs 3 million hryvnia).
But the NGO Praktika, in the opinion of the authors, offers a really profitable business - the “Reservation Program for Available Wheeled Vehicles”, which provides for bringing the “cars” of the Soviet times, for example, GAZ-66, “to the mind” . According to the “IS”, their idle cases in the Ukrainian army idle more than 2 thousand units. Especially for this chassis, factory designers have already developed a version of the famous Kazak armored vehicle, the production time of which will be slightly more than a month and will cost the treasury only 1 mln. UAH. a piece.
“These vehicles make it possible to carry out tasks both for the transportation of personnel to the location of combat missions and fire support, and for reconnaissance, evacuation of the wounded, patrolling, transportation of cargo and fuel. Also, these machines can be used as headquarters, mobile communications centers and as a chassis for the installation of heavy weapons. ”says the report.
The program also provides a second booking option, which will be conducted without changing the design of the machine. For example, the revision of KrAZ, with the installation of armored cabs for the transport of troops and cargo. In this case, the production time will drop to 2 weeks, and the price per unit will fall to 500 thousand UAH.
Experts of NPO Praktika estimated that the reservation program would allow the enterprise “with a monthly budget of 100 mln. UAH. provide protection to 4 000 military personnel. " And if it unites efforts, for example, with the Nikolaev Repair Plant, or with Kharkov tank builders, it will be possible to “book up to 10 KrAZ vehicles per day!”.
Fortunately, under the ATO state does not regret the money. True, whether such “enticing” proposals of the Defense Ministry’s leaders would be of interest is a big question.