DTN News - RUSSIA DEFENSE NEWS: Russia’s Reliance on Ukraine For Military Hardware Raises Fears
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 21, 2014: The Motor Sich plant in Zaporozhia, 230km west of Donetsk, makes the engines for most Russian military helicopters, including the Mi-24, which has been used to patrol the border with Ukraine in the recent troop build-up.
But the Russian air force’s dependence on the Motor Sich plant is causing concern for military strategists.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin moved swiftly to annex Crimea, in the first land grab in Europe since the second world war, and EU and US are worried over Moscow’s intentions elsewhere in Ukraine.
Ukraine also makes the gears used in many Russian ships and transport planes at the Antonov factory in Kiev. The Yuzhmash factory in Dnipropetrovsk, in south-central Ukraine, designs, produces and maintains Russia’s SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as components for its space rockets.
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