Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov said Thursday in Kyiv at the opening ceremony of the 'Science for Defense and Security of the State' exhibition of scientific and technical inventions and technologies of the bodies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing the NSDC press service.
The achievements of the academic research institutions and the joint developments of Ukrainian scientists and subsidiaries of the Ukroboronprom State Concern and the League of Defense Enterprises of Ukraine were showed at the exhibition.
According to Turchynov, integration of science, research and innovations into production of new weapons and military hardware is "the only way to build a reliable system of defense of the country and provide the army with modern weapons and military equipment."
"The exhibition will become a platform for development of new cooperation programs between scientists of the National Academy of Sciences and the Defense Ministry, the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the State Space Agency and Ukroboronprom State Concern, as well as private defense companies," he said.
The NSDC secretary believes the developments shown at the exhibition should be highly commended by the Ukrainian military: "This refers to a fundamentally new armor for our tanks and armored personnel carriers, systems defense systems and new camouflage coatings that allow to remain invisible even in the infrared light spectrum and many other inventions that will significantly strengthen our defense capability."
According to him, it is noteworthy that the opening of the exhibition takes place on the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, "in fact, this exhibition is the greeting from the scientists to our glorious warriors with their professional holiday."
"Courage, professionalism, and patriotism of our soldiers and officers are not enough to counteract the military aggression of a violent and powerful enemy; they need new modern effective weapons and military hardware, which is impossible to produce without in-depth research and development," Turchynov said.
"Without mobilizing the nation's scientific and technological expertise, without turning the country's mental capacity into a powerful weapon, we will not be able to win this war. This is a major problem and a priority task," he concluded.