Belarusian Optical & Mechanical Association is a universal Association with substantial scientific and technical potential which is engaged in the field of development and production of high-precision laser, optoelectronic and optical and mechanical devices, instruments, units and systems for ground troops, space, marine services, industries, medicine, tourism etc.
Director General of BelOMA
The history of the Belarusian Optical and Mechanical Association (BelOMA) springs from foundation of the Minsk Mechanical Works named after S.I. Vavilov (MMW) in 1957 (the first products – cameras and the machines for optical instruments and devices processing). In view of expansion of production volume and nomenclature of the products being manufactured, in 1971 the Belarusian Optical and Mechanical Association has been founded on the basis of the MMW named after S.I. Vavilov
BelOMA held the leading position in the optical branch of the USSR and solved the tasks on development and production of special-purpose items and the civilian goods. The plants which were parts of the Association specialized in production of definite kinds of products:
BelOMA-MMW named after S.I. Vavilov - is the extremely sophisticated optomechanical and optoelectronic equipment (space, topographic, multispectral apparata, photogrammetric systems and complexes, cine-theodolite equipment, gyrostabilized sights, sights for armoured vehicles, laser guidance devices, industrial portable and stationary film projectors).
"Zenit" Works, city of Vileyka – the only plant in the former USSR which was engaged in production of cameras. Besides, the works produced optical sights for small arms.
"Diaprojector" Plant, city of Rogachev – slide projection equipment, various types of sights and guidance devices for armoured vehicles.
"Svet" Plant, city of Zhlobin – reproduction equipment, photographic enlargers, optical devices for the needs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR.
In the nineties LEMT Unitary Enterprise has been founded in the structure of BelOMA which specialized on development and production of laser products and products for medicine; ZEISS-BelOMA Joint Venture – joint Belarusian-German Enterprise which produced high-precision optical products. A number of the isolated enterprises have been organized: "SFERA" Plant which produces optical parts, "FORMA" Plant which produces foundry and moulds.