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27 February 2023, 13:52

Pantus: Belarus is working on batch production of drones

UBAK-70 unmanned aircraft system
UBAK-70 unmanned aircraft system

MINSK, 27 February (BelTA) – Enterprises of the Belarusian military-industrial complex are working to launch the batch production of drones, Chairman of the State Authority for Military Industry Dmitry Pantus told the media following a meeting hosted by Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko to discuss the financing of military-related procurement, BelTA has learned.

During the meeting the head of state stressed the need for the production of more advanced attack unmanned aerial vehicles in Belarus.

Dmitry Pantus explained that in October 2022, a line-up of unmanned aerial vehicles, including combat ones, was presented at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground. The samples were designed and produced in Belarus. "At the moment, our work is focused on the organization of batch production of these types of drones. Some models are undergoing certain changes and are being modernized," Dmitry Pantus said.

According to him, together with the Defense Ministry and the Armed Forces we chose certain types of UAVs to be produced in Belarus and supplied to law enforcement agencies. "In terms of some models [of drones] we decided against their batch production as it is economically inexpedient," Dmitry Pantus added.

During the meeting the head of state was briefed about the work of the Belarusian military-industrial complex and the defense sector in terms of implementing the state armament program and the annual state defense order. "We reported on key measures, the work of individual enterprises of the State Authority for Military Industry which are carrying out the most important projects. We also reported on the activities that we launched recently, for example, the organization of ammunition production in Belarus," Dmitry Pantus said.

Plans are in place to complete very serious, key projects this year, according to him. "Today, the head of state mentioned the project on the Bug anti-aircraft missile system with a domestically-made missile. And a number of other areas," he added.

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