possesses all necessary prerequisites to get firmly established on the
international market of individual firearms, Valentyn Badrak, director of the
Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies, told a news conference in
As he said,
Ukraine is selling such weapons abroad, basically from the Defense Ministry's
superfluous stocks of firearms. Besides, he said, brand-new weapons are being
exported too, in particular, pistols, which the Vinnytsia-based FORT makes. However,
new security challenges necessitate development of more advanced weapons, in
particular, such that will meet NATO's standards, the expert noted.
Ukrainian manufacturers of firearms will fail to retain and consolidate their
footing on external markets. Moreover, he said, Ukraine will have to buy
advanced firearms from foreign manufacturers.
Zgurets, chief of the Center's program department, noted, there are about 1,000
companies in a hundred nations, which export individual firearms. The
international market of such weapons in evaluated at between four and six
billion dollars a year, of which elicit shipments account for about one billion
dollars. Ukraine's exports of individual firearms account for a meager one to
two percent of the nation's total exports of weapons and military enginery.
ranks the world's 13th biggest exporter of individual fire-arms, and Ukraine's
rating is much more modest, though Ukrainian manufacturers have rather good
chances for being better-rated on this market. Former Soviet Central Asiatic
republics, such as Uzbekistan, African countries may be regarded as promising
markets by Ukrainian manufactures of small firearms, Serhi Zgurets said.
opinion, serial manufacture of Ukraine's most advanced submachine-gun, codenamed
the Vepr ("Boar"), which has been developed by the National Space
Agency's R&D Center for precision engineering, will boost Ukrainian law
enforcememtn officers' capability of fighting crime and terrorism.
By 2010 the
Defense Ministry will buy dozens of thousands of these new submachine-guns,
which the National Space Agency's R&D Center for precision engineering has
designed and which have been codenamed "Veprs" ("Boars").
to Aleksandr Selyukov, the R&D Center's director, the weapon's development
cost 100,000 dollars. As he said, about 500,000 USD will be necessary for
launching serial manufacture of the advanced submachine-guns. He stated the new
weapon's likely price around 100 dollars, which will make it quite competitive
vis-a-vis the renowned Kalashnikov automatic rifle.
independent expert Serhi Halushko stressed, the Vepr submachine-gun's
attractiveness could be further enhanced through reducing the weapon's weight
and attaching some other gadgets to it, such as a hand grenade launcher. Yet,
even now, he said, the Vepr's performance is very impressive, as it possesses
better backfire and precision properties. Besides, he said, the designers took
into account behavioral patterns of a normal individual in emergency
situations, basically relying on instincts, so the weapon will be enough
efficient even if handled by a novice.
By 2010 the
Defense Ministry means to purchase dozens of thousands of Veprs, Mr Selyukov
noted. The issue remains open with regard to the weapon's likely manufacturer,
he said, because the Vepr's state tests will be completed next year.