Today, on November 3, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has visited Precision Electromechanical Plantlocated in the Dzerzhinsk region, where the cutting edge domestic missile system Polonez was demonstrated. The head of state was also updated on the efforts to localize the production of combat missiles.
The Polonez missile system was first demonstrated on May 9, during the parade in Minsk. The Polonez missiles have a range of 200 km. Today only several states have missile systems with such characteristics.
Our strategy is purely defensive. We are not going to attack, we will defend ourselves from those who will attack or wage a war against us. The essence of our defensive strategy is to make opponents think before attacking or conflicting, otherwise we will have to do unacceptable harm to them. We have all military equipment: aircraft, helicopters as well as the latest small arms. This military equipment can do harm, but the question is whether it will be unacceptable. Therefore today we have a task to move with the times building our own missilery as a missile can really damage. A missile really means unacceptable damage. A range of 200km is a good characteristic for Belarusian military equipment. A military base with planes will not substitute it. What is a plane, after all? If it takes off into the air, everybody sees it and it can be destroyed by a missile in a flash. We have constructed a cutting edge military equipment of a new generation. This was the essence of my instruction. Now we should go on upgrading missilery taking into consideration international agreements and treaties.