Ministry of Defense signs 16 contracts with Ukrainian drone manufacturers
Photo of a part of the drone that Ukroboronprom is developing for the Ukrainian army (Photo:Ukroboronprom)
Ukraine's Defense Minister intends to allocate about UAH 20 billion ($544 million) to purchase more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for military needs in 2023, according to the results of a joint meeting between the Ministry of Defense, the General Staff, and domestic drone designers and manufacturers on Jan. 28.
In total, the Ministry of Defense signed 16 state contracts with Ukrainian drone manufacturers, the Ministry said in a statement. The Ministry noted that Ukraine currently has the simplest approval procedure for approving drones for the military.
The current process allows manufacturers to receive approval in only a few weeks rather than a year or more, as was the case previously, the Ministry said. As a result, the Ministry has received 75 proposals from Ukrainian drone manufacturers, with 13 of them already approved for combat operations. Another three proposals are currently being worked on.
The participants of the joint meeting also identified a number of tasks and steps to improve regulatory procedures. These proposals have been submitted for discussion by the Coordination Headquarters with the participation of the Minister of Digital Transformation and the Minister of Defense.
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