Cover Osteuropa 2-4/2010

In Osteuropa 2-4/2010

Export Oriented
The Armaments Complex, Politics, and the Market

Valentin Badrak

Deutsche Fassung


Ukraine inherited a large military-industrial complex from the Soviet Union. The upheaval unleashed two trends in the armaments branch: on the one hand, stagnation, decline, and collapse; entire sectors have disappeared. On the other hand, numerous works have been modernised, are internationally competitive, and export their goods on the global market. Ukrainian armaments exports go primarily to Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Russia. Although structural problems between politics and the arms economy remain unsolved, many see in the armaments sector a motor for the development of the economy.

(Osteuropa 2-4/2010, pp. 287–300)