Russian Ambassador to Belarus Mikhail Babich Visits Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant JSC and Peleng JSC
Mikhail Babich, Russia’s Special Presidential Envoy for Trade and Economic Cooperation with Belarus and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Belarus, visited Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MWTP) JSC and Peleng JSC on 21 January 2019.
During his visit to the companies, Mikhail Babich discussed with Roman Golovchenko, Minister of State Authority for Military Industry (SAMI), as well as with director general of MWTP JSC Igor Letov and director general of Peleng JSC Vladimir Pokryshkin, topical issues of military-technical cooperation with Russian partners, as well as future prospects for the development of cooperation and the existing problematic issues in this area.
At Peleng JSC, Mikhail Babich familiarised himself with the company’s history and its work in the development of sighting systems for fire control of armoured vehicles, as well as aerospace optronic equipment. The parties discussed the implementation of Peleng’s joint projects with Russian partners.
During his visit to MWTP JSC, director general Igor Letov and chief designer Vasily Buryan told Mikhail Babich about the history of the company, which in July 2019 will celebrate its 65th anniversary, about the main areas of activity, the latest solutions and production of motor vehicles within the framework of the state defence order in the interests of the Russian defence ministry, as well as about production of automotive components: automatic transmissions, hydropneumatic and spring independent suspension modules.
Mikhail Babich learnt about the assembly line process in the vehicle assembly and testing shop.
As part of the innovative project aimed to re-equip the plant for the purpose of expanding the model range and output of special heavy-duty motor vehicles, more than $150 million was invested in the core production. The plant replaced outdated equipment, introduced high-performance equipment and new technologies, improved product quality and significantly reduced production costs.
MWTP’s vehicles carry Russian strategic and short-range ballistic missile systems. They are also used for carrying command posts, for mounting and transporting radar systems and other military equipment. For civil customers, under the Volat trademark, MWTP JSC manufactures truck tractors, ballast tractors and wheeled chassis for the installation of oil and gas and crane equipment.
The Russian diplomat was able to familiarise himself with these models on the site next to the vehicle assembly and testing shop.
At the end of his visit, Mikhail Babich left a comment in the visitors’ book of MWTP.