Why the Russian Aerospace Forces Hit the “Motor Sich” Plant

NEW – May 28, 2022

Despite the acute desire for “decommunisation”, Ukraine for many years exploited everything that remained of the Soviet Union to the bone. The other day, the Russian Defence Ministry announced the destruction of the production workshops of a Russian-Soviet plant which received the name “Motor Sich” after 1991, in the city of Zaporozhye. The company produced engines for Ukrainian military aviation, including unmanned aerial vehicles. The strike was carried out with the help of high-precision air-and sea-based missiles.

Founded in the Russian Empire in 1907, the Zaporizhia Engine-building Plant during the Soviet era provided engines for a huge fleet of Soviet aircraft and helicopters around the world. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the plant produced, repaired and modernised the existing line of Soviet reserve cars. Nevertheless, 30 years of independence brought the company to the brink of bankruptcy. The only way to preserve “Motor Sich” was through close cooperation with the Russian Federation and integration with its aircraft manufacturing industry. However, as is known, the post-Maidan government of Ukraine banned military-technical cooperation with Russia in 2014.

The “Motor Sich” aircraft manufacturing plant also became famous for its relatively recent litigation between the government of Kiev and a Chinese company. The Chinese invested a lot of money in the plant, hoping to get technology and motors. But in the end, the National Security Council of Ukraine decided to return the enterprise to state ownership. How did this happen? The fact is that the transfer of “Motor Sich” under Chinese control was completely unacceptable for the United States, so the US administration hinted to Kiev about the “illegal nature” of the deal between the plant owner and the Chinese. The new government of Ukraine was completely dependent on Washington, so in 2017, Kiev blocked the transfer of already paid shares of “Motor Sich” to the Chinese side.

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The Beijing government had to stand up for its investor in the enterprise and ask Ukraine to return the $4.5 billion spent. Naturally, the Chinese did not see the money. A little later, the newly elected President Zelensky signed a decree on the complete nationalisation of the “Motor Sich” plant, which finally turned China against the Ukrainian authorities. After that, the Zaporozhye plant was doomed. However, it could still produce aircraft engines for helicopters and drones by inertia for some time. The latter circumstance, with the start of a special military operation in Ukraine, automatically turned the “Motor Sich” plant into one of the priority targets for the Russian Armed Forces.

Here it is worth noting that the Russian military inflicted damage not only on the Ukrainian military-industrial complex, but also hit the Turkish one, and very sensitively. The thing is that the “Motor Sich” plant produced engines for Turkish ATAK II helicopters and Bayraktar attack drones (it was with these drones that the UAF tried to hit Donbass). There is information that the Turks last year ordered 30 AI-450T turboprop aircraft engines for installation on the latest Bayraktar Akinci attack drones, two engines per drone.

In addition, the Russian Defence Ministry reports that at the end of last year, the “Motor Sich” enterprise requested from the Bayraktar drone manufacturer in Turkey the possibility of equipping drones with aerosol spray systems with a capacity of more than 20 litres. With the flight range of such a drone up to 300 km and the equipment of tanks with biological formulations, a real threat of the large-scale use of biological weapons on the territory of Russia could be created. The Russian strike has led to the fact that now the plans of both the Turkish military-industrial complex, and especially the military-industrial complex of the Zelensky regime, will be sharply revised.

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