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 "The issue of our state protection is a priority," - Turchynov on the state rearmament program. PHOTOS

NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov held an interagency meeting on the State Defense Policy of weapons and military equipment development for the period up to 2020. The meeting was attended by the heads of law enforcement, military, economic, and financial agencies of the country.

Censor.NET informs citing the press service of the National Security and Defense Council.

"The issue of our state protection is a priority," Oleksandr Turchynov said noting that the new challenges and threats facing our country require increasing of the defense capability of the state by re-equipping the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard, the State Border Guard Service, special and law enforcement agencies with new weapons and military equipment.

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The NSDC secretary noted that the combat experience gained during the anti-terrorist operation has revealed a number of deficiencies in country's arsenal: "This applies both to the insufficient number of new and modern weapons as well as equipment for reconnaissance, digital communications and the like. Therefore, a major task of our defense industry is to cover the country's needs in the most modern types of weapons and military equipment, which must meet the current challenges."

"The arms and equipment that are now available in our army were designed and produced in the last century, so our task is to provide the Armed Forces of Ukraine with all necessary staff that meets the challenges of the XXI century. Our weapons and equipment must be as good as Russian ones or surpass them," he said.

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Oleksandr Turchynov stressed that the policy provides an answer and understanding what result will be reached in five years. "Such strategic issues must be estimated and approached in a consistent manner because the development of the defense industry involves significant costs that need to be planned in advance," he said, explaining that the planning of the state defense order "will be based on showings approved by the Defense Policy."

In addition, the next years' defense spending budgets should be planned according to the approved Policy.

"In turn, the showings defined in the Policy will become the basis for the development of the defense industry until 2020 as well as long-term contracts and jobs for domestic scientists, engineers, and manufacturers" NSDC secretary summed up.

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