Reznikov announces serial production of Bogdan SAU: Western tanks at the front will be supported by Ukrainian artillery
The Ukrainian Defence Ministry purchased arms and military equipment from domestic manufacturers in 2022. This also applies to the Ukrainian self-propelled artillery system Bogdan.
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Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov posted a photo of the Bogdan SAU on Facebook and said that the department had financed the new artillery systems back in the spring of 2022.
"The photo shows the Ukrainian Bogdan SAU of 155mm calibre. One such artillery system has been successfully tested on the battlefield. The Ministry of Defence funded the new artillery systems back in the spring of 2022. Tanks of western production, which will arrive in a few months, will be supported at the front by Ukrainian - in all senses of the word - artillery," Reznikov stressed.
Also last year, the Ministry of Defence prepared a transition so that in 2023 the maximum amount of funds would be allocated to Ukrainian manufacturers. This applies to all components: from uniforms, footwear, body armour and UAVs to heavy weapons and ammunition.
In addition, the minister promised to reveal some details about the production of UAVs in the near future.
Incidentally, the Bogdana was the first Ukrainian self-propelled gunboat developed for the "NATO" with calibre of 155 mm. The prototype was developed in 2009, and the unit was first shown to the public at a military parade to mark Independence Day on 24 August 2018. In June 2021, before Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, developers claimed that the Bogdan SAU in NATO calibre 155mm could be adopted by the AFU in 2023, with state testing of the vehicle planned for 2022. Last year, a Bogdan SAU prototype played a key role in the ousting of Russian troops from Snake Island.