Ukrainian National Guard - Equipment
Ukroboronprom's Kyiv armored vehicles plant passed five APCs BTR-3E to the National Guard of Ukraine on 25 June 2014. The field testing of APCs BTR-3E began at the training center the National Guard on 26 June 2014. These formed a modernized Brigade of the National Guard of a new type. On 27 July 2014, at the training center in the zone of the ATO the first Brigade of the National Guard of a new type and new weapons was activated. The outfit is fundamentally different from what it was before. This is the first Brigade of the National Guard [Nacgvardii], which had its own modern vehicles and artillery. The Brigade had armored "Kuguar», equipped with automatic grenade launchers, with a crew of 8 axels; "Spartan" armored vehicles with machine guns and 4-Ma PTRM "Le CORSAIRE" for fighting with tanks and BMPs; "Dozor-b" armored car equipped with machine guns; and some BTR-3E1. The Brigade also was strengthened with T64 tanks.
In August 2014 it was reported that the National Guard of Ukraine will receive an Armored "Joker," an APC for destroying enemy tanks. There is a video on the web which shows the testing of advanced APC for the National Guard of Ukraine. A "Joker" is can easily destroy enemy tank. The Ukrainian National Guard Regiment in Kalinosky launched a modernization program for its fleet of BTR-80 8x8 armoured personnel carrier, called the "Joker". A BTR-80 was upgraded with new armour protection using slat armour system and the turret is fitted with four SPG-9M recoilless guns.
The National Guard received new armored vehicles Cougar KRAZ. This was stated by Interior Minister Arsen Avakov on 26 July 2014. "KRAZ Cougars. New equipment of the National Guard of Ukraine. Starting today the weapon of the newly created operational brigade. Building up the strength! Our Strength is peace for Ukraine," he wrote. The first cars were transferred to the National Guard base in Novi Petrivtsi. KRAZ Cougar is an all-wheel drive armored vehicle designed for urban combat, developed by Canadian Streit Group on the nasis of Toyota chassis. It can be fitted with various types of combat modules and towers, armed with a 7.62 mm or 12.7-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov visited the first operational brigade of the Ukrainian National Guard and got acquainted with the samples of the vehicles in service and talked to the staff.
The only Ukrainian manufacturer of heavy trucks AvtoKrAZ (Kremenchuk) has produced 733 vehicles in January-August, which is 38.8% more than in the same period the previous year. The National Guard of Ukraine ordered 370 vehicles for around UAH 361 mn from AvtoKrAZ until the end of 2014.
“AutoKrAZ" provides the KrAZ-Spartan vehicles with new Ford and Toyota engines at the request of the National Guard. The KrAZ-Spartan armored vehicle is equipped with turbocharged diesel V8 engine rated at 300hp at 2 800 RPM from Ford. Engine displacement is 6.7l. The KrAZ–Cougar armored vehicle is provided with 4.0l engine. This is a V6 petrol engine rated at 218hp at 4,600 RPM. Engines from these world known manufacturers reliable and trouble-free in operation, engine start is guaranteed under any extreme weather conditions. Good engine performance and high engine torque ensure high mobility and excellent dynamics.
Ukrainian soldiers battling separatists in the country's east have converted a Russian-made army truck into a bullet-proof armored vehicle. They used thick metal sheets to reinforce the driver's cab and the sides of the Ural off-road truck, which also carries an automatic grenade launcher.
One of the biggest problems for Ukrainian forces in the ATO remained transporting wounded soldiers out of the combat zone in order to receive immediate medical treatment. Pro-Russian militants often target Ukrainian transport vehicles, which threatens wounded soldiers and medical personnel. The Donbas Battalion requires armored vans, which can protect the transportation of wounded soldiers and provide a safe space for medical procedures and minor surgeries. “About 50% of wounded who died, could have been saved if they had professional help immediately" and “transportation to the Green Zone," said Viacheslav Vlasenko, the Chief of Staff of the Donbas Battalion.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church- Kyiv Patriarchate and the Donbas Battalion cooperated to help wounded Ukrainian forces receive the protection and first aid medical services that they need on the battlefield. This was stated by representatives of the Donbas Battalion and Yevstrartiy (Zorya), the Archbishop of Chernihiv and Nizhyn, at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
Archbishop Yevstrartiy explained that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is trying to get support for the Battalion from the National Bank of Ukraine, which has access to armored vans and other vehicles. In addition, the church is writing letters to other Ukrainian banks and calling on wealthy individuals to assist the battalion. It costs roughly 600,000 Ukrainian hryvnia to acquire a vehicle and equip the van with the necessary medical equipment.
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