Ukraine`s state-owned defense giant Ukroboronprom has denied media reports about using Russian-made armor for its Dozor-B armored vehicles, according to head of the Information Resistance Group and MP Dmytro Tymchuk.
”Earlier media reported that the armor did not provide the required protection level, and the examination of its chemical composition carried out at Pivdenmash showed that non-armor steel of allegedly Russian origin was used instead of Polish armor ARMSTAL-500,” he wrote on Facebook.
The Verkhovna Rada`s Committee on national security and defense met on September 21 to consider claims about allegedly defective armor used for Dozor-B vehicles, produced by Ukroboronprom`s Lviv armor vehicle factory.
Ukroboronprom representatives were present at the committee meeting. They noted that the Polish armor ARMSTAL-500, which is used in Ukrainian Dozor-B armored vehicles, has a European ballistic certificate provided to the Ukrainian manufacturer.
Further, Tymchuk informed, in response to Ukroboronprom`s inquiry, Pivdenmash reported it had not carried out any formal examinations [of the armor].
”Apart from having the European certificate, Dozor-B vehicles equipped with this armor have shown the claimed level of protection upon the results of fire testing, according to the manufacturer,” Tymchuk wrote.
At this, Ukroboronprom admits that some defects can be revealed during the operation of the vehicles, but they will be addressed and eliminated.