The Ukrainian state-owned concern Ukroboronprom and the Czech arms company VOP CZ have agreed to jointly repair T-64 tanks at a plant in Nový Jičín, which will begin soon.
This was announced by the Czech Ministry of Defense on Tuesday.
The contract for the repair and modernization of T-64 tanks of the Ukrainian army was concluded on the basis of a memorandum between VOP CZ and Ukroboronprom in February this year.
The exact number of tanks that will undergo major repairs in the Czech Republic in the coming months cannot be specified for security reasons, as the tanks will be sent directly to the battlefield, the Czech Defense Ministry said.
The repairs will last until the end of 2023, the statement said. The T-64s that will be sent to the front in Ukraine have been in storage for decades and need to be completely dismantled, many spare parts replaced, and their combat capability fully restored.
This project is one of the first concrete results of cooperation after the creation of the so-called defense cluster, which is designed to support the creation of new Czech-Ukrainian joint ventures to increase the production of military equipment for the needs of the Armed Forces.
Author - Olena Madiak, 06/06/2023