Ekhanurov wants to lower four bombers

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The Ministry of Defence decided to sell 4 bombers of SU - 24M 1986 years of release for 15,7 million UAH. The contract on their realization to the foreign customer prepares one of the companies entering into structure of "Ukrspetseksport".

The order of Cabinet of Ministers of July 14, 2005 by which the list of the military property which is subject to alienation was approved became the basis for sale of planes.

Realization of military planes caused scandal. The director of State Department of excess property and lands of the Ministry of Defence Victor Kirillov addressed in head department of military prosecutor's offices of GPU with the requirement not to allow their sale.

In his opinion, the price at which military bombers abroad leave, is twice lower than their residual cost. "Customers were ready to pay enough of money which would cover residual cost and plant expenses", - Kirillov speaks.

There are data that "Ukrspetseksport" signed the preliminary external economic contract for the sum of 42 million hryvnias. However then the price was reduced to 15,7 million hryvnias for 4 planes.

According to Kirillov, sale of bombers passes bypassing specialized departments through unauthorized structures. "We try to stop implementation of these contracts", - he speaks.

In the Ministry of Defence claim that all procedures on property alienation are suspended today. Period of validity of the order of Cabinet of Ministers by which the list of excess property of the department which is subject to sale was approved, is limited three years.

"I stopped on July 11 all signatures under contracts. All procedures on alienation of excess military property" are now suspended, - the head of department of the analysis of efficiency of use of military property of department of economic and economic activity of the Ministry of Defence Vadim Kuzmenko reported.

According to him, the exception makes only the written-off property which list is approved directly by the Minister of Defence.

At the same time in the Ministry of Defence informally confirm that transfer of planes to "Ukrspetseksport" already took place.

The director of the Center of researches of army, conversion and disarmament Valentin Badrak considers that realization of bombers is reasonable. "According to the report of Board of armed forces, for the end of 2007 from 121 planes of air forces of Ukraine only 80 were completely serviceable", - he speaks.

According to him, if these planes were brought out of fighting structure, their realization isn't a problem. The means thus obtained from sale, according to the expert, have to be used for the solution of tasks and problems of military department.

According to the head of the Center of the political and economic analysis Alexander Kava, the cost of one such plane can reach 5-7 million dollars. "It is a front bomber. Most likely, it buy voyenno - air forces or CIS countries, or the Middle East. For example, Georgia quite actively buys the Ukrainian arms", - the expert told.


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