Ukraine paves way for expanded domestic drone production

24 March, 11:33 PM
Ukrainian military uses a drone in the Luhansk sector (Photo:REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura)

Ukrainian military uses a drone in the Luhansk sector (Photo:REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura)

The Ukrainian government has adopted a set of administrative measures aimed at increasing and streamlining the production of UAVs in Ukraine, Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a Telegram post on March 24.

According to the message, UAH 20 billion ($541 million) will be allocated for drone procurement in 2023.

The newly-adopted rules are designed to produce the following results:

●         simplifying bureaucratic procedures;

●         creating favorable conditions for domestic UAV manufacturers to expand their operations;

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●         manufacturers will be able to cooperate and compete with foreign companies;

●         stimulate business activity in unmanned aircraft manufacturing.

Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said that this decision will accelerate mass production of UAVs in Ukraine and their delivery to the front.

“Today's decision will help UAV manufacturers to develop more actively, expand, reinvest profits, and compete with foreign companies,” said Fedorov.

“Instead of wasting months on unnecessary paperwork and bureaucratic work, we have an accelerated admission of UAVs to operation, their purchase and their delivery to the front.”

He noted that prior to making this decision, consultations and negotiations were held with representatives of Ukrainian drone manufacturers.

“Within the Coordinating Headquarters for the production of drones, we worked comprehensively with all Ukrainian UAV manufacturers,” the minister added.

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