Ukraine’s old tank plant the brink of bankruptcy may benefit the Chinese military
Data Figure: Ukraine Marr Stanishev factory produced fortress M tank
Recently, Kharkov, Ukraine, the District Court accepted the old military-industrial machinery factory bankruptcies Mar Stanishev ( newspaper had reported on June 30). As Marr Stanishev plant with strong R & D and production capacity, its main product – Fort-M has been a Russian main battle tanks T-90S, China MBT-2000 tank’s biggest rival, the case by the foreign media’s sustained attention. Some analysts said that the plight of the verge of bankruptcy or the plant that Russia’s military enterprises benefit.
“spoiler” Chinese tanks export
According to Russia, “Moscow Defense briefing” message, Peru, China earlier this year to abandon the procurement of MBT-2000 tank , in addition to funding constraints, Marr Stanishev factory spoiler is also an important reason. “In the beginning the trial in Peru, when five Chinese tanks, Ukraine has ignored the agreement reached with Beijing, refused to provide the MBT-2000 production of 1200 hp 6TD-2E engine, although the two countries in secret for several months of effort, but still unable to convince the Uruguayan side agreed to release the engine of the ‘end user license’, resulting in Peru’s military procurement plan had to be frozen, and five return MBT-2000 China. “
” Moscow Defense briefing “total Code Balabanov that Ukraine’s sudden volte-face is mostly plant Mar Stanishev result of pressure. As Peru’s poor financial situation, the army can only be priced at less than $ 4 million models in the selection, Marr Stanishev factory fortress-M tank MBT-2000 happens to be China’s competitors, the plant then “dark Shi promoter “to force China to withdraw from competitive products. However, MBT-2000 in Ukraine engines equipped with reason, not lack of production capacity of China; In fact, Chinese-made engine performance better, the only drawback is the price of your lot than 6TD-2E, Africa and Peru these cash-strapped countries can bear.
Today, Mar Stanishev plant the brink of bankruptcy, “It was a gift given to Russia and China.” Since then, Russia’s tanks less export not only a strong competitor, and if the Chinese continue to use the Ukrainian tank engines, the plant will not be subject to interference.
from partners to competitors
Marr Stanishev plant predecessor was founded in 1895 in Kharkov Locomotive Factory. From 1929, T-12 tanks, create prototypes date, it has been 70 years of experience in development and production of tanks. In Soviet times, Marr Stanishev tank production plant is the most important base, known as “red military crown pearl.”
objective, the Soviet Union at the beginning, Marr Stanishev Factory China-related business relationship pretty well, and even the development of China’s foreign trade to provide technical assistance tanks, the most typical example is the plant and the north China Industry Corporation (NORINCO) cooperation for the design and manufacture of Pakistan, “Khalid” tank. However, “shopping malls there are no permanent partners”, with the Chinese military enterprises have begun to actively develop the export market tanks, and Marr Stanishev plant in the late 1990s, vigorously promote their fortress-M series tanks, the relationship changed gradually from cooperation competition, then another in Myanmar, Peru, Morocco and Thailand markets started the race.
escape the decline of the Ukrainian military enterprises
arms trade business is not only the technical and business competition, more comprehensive national contest. With 60,000 employees involved in plant Mar Stanishev and the lack of domestic economic recession the government credit guarantees, the development potential in recent years, more and more weak. Russia, “The Independent” reported previously, the plant in order to obtain loans, actually take out a mortgage with a central laboratory, leading to scientific research of order. To make matters worse, the factory several times in recent years the leadership change, rampant corruption, the workers feel that their future bleak, many key and find another job. Obviously, the problem piles of Mull Stanishev plant in the fierce international competition, Chinese companies face increasingly powerless flourishing.
American Teal Group has predicted that China’s MBT-2000, the Russian T-90S and the German “Leopard” 2 the next 20 years will be the best-selling tank. Some analysts pointed out that China is prepared to enter the international market tanks, MBT-2000 and its latest set of improved VT1A tanks are developed from years of experience, regardless of technology maturity, advanced, or the prices are very competitive, as this two types of tanks used in Ukraine has long been the engine licensing agreement, now black side “fell out” and instead put the wake up to the Chinese – even if the export goods can not be completely dependent on foreign technology. In the future, China will certainly make every effort to better performance of the domestic engine price, with their tanks with MBT-2000 series. Thus, when the latter do not have to participate in international bidding for someone else, “Kabo Zi” worry about it.