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21 October 2022, 11:43

Lukashenko studies Belarus-made drones

BREST OBLAST, 21 October (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko studied defense industry products developed in Belarus as he inspected the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground in Brest Oblast, BelTA informs.

The head of state was shown unmanned aerial systems that are in service at the army, as well as promising developments. The president paid particular attention to the Belarusian solutions.

“It is not just a single sample, is it? If we send any of these samples to the frontline, will they be good on the battlefield?” Aleksandr Lukashenko asked Chairman of the State Authority for Military Industry Dmitry Pantus. “Whoever wants to buy it will get it. However, it is not desirable that these products be used in Ukraine, after all they are our kindred,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.

Among the models presented were reconnaissance aerial vehicles, strike systems and a reconnaissance and strike unmanned helicopter that has no analogues in the world. Only the USA has similar solutions but their effectiveness is much lower. Moreover, it is interesting that the Americans do not share these solutions with their partners.

“In other words, does it mean that we can see everything on earth? How invulnerable will it be in combat? How many of them can you produce per month? What is their efficiency? Is it already in service?” the head of state asked detailed questions about each defense product on display.

As the president was told, some of the products are in service, some are undergoing tests, and some have been handed over to the army for trial operation. The software and control systems of Belarusian drones are also of the Belarusian make.

The National Academy of Sciences also presented its solutions. These products are also in demand abroad. The academy plans to improve technology.

“You need to pick up steam,” the head of state demanded.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was also shown other models of weapons, military and special equipment that were developed by the domestic defense industry and are now in service at the Armed Forces. Those included optical-electronic equipment for guarding borders and infrastructure installations, laser and electromagnetic weapons, a robotized weapon system, combat and reconnaissance vehicles, a modernized armored personnel carrier, and a T-72BM2 tank fitted with anti-armor missile defenses.

At the training ground, the president was shown individual first aid kits and medical kits for various purposes. Some of the kits are meant for a group of patients, others are individual ones.

According to Healthcare Minister Dmitry Pinevich and Head of the Medical Command of the Defense Ministry Aleksandr Malyukh, the new version of the medical pack designed for a small military unit contains about 50 names of medicines and medical devices, mainly of Belarusian make. An individual kit contains about 20 names of medicines. Both kits can be used by people who have no medical education but have undertaken special first aid training. These types of kits cater for virtually all kinds of health emergencies.

Aleksandr Lukashenko had announced his plans to revisit this topic and study the latest defense industry solutions by domestic scientists and engineers during the meeting with Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov on 18 October. “Our drones are a very relevant topic, and we will talk about it on Friday. How do you compete in this area with applied science and enterprises developing new drones? This is a very important area, keeping in mind the lessons of the war in Ukraine,” the head of state said.

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