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The Ukrainian government enterprise Ukroboronprom has signed an agreement with six NATO allies and partners to jointly develop and manufacture heavy weapons and military equipment.
This was announced by Ukroboronprom in a statement to the media on November 18.
The six countries include Poland, the Czech Republic, France, and Denmark, among others. Ukroboronprom’s statement says the agreements “do not allow [the] disclosure of all details.
Apart from the production of military equipment, the new agreement will see Ukroboronprom increase the production of various calibers of ammunition and the establishment of service centers to carry out maintenance and repair work on weapons.
The Ukrainian company will also set up joint research centers to work in the field of high technologies.
The execution of the planned efforts will also involve the donation of funds from different countries, as well as from Ukrainian and Czech defense companies.
The British government has pledged to provide an additional £50 million package including air defense systems for Ukraine.
This was finalized during British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s recent visit to Kyiv, where he met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on November 19.
The new tranche includes a total of 125 anti-aircraft guns and other technology to deter Iranian-developed and supplied anti-drone drones, radars and electronic warfare systems that are used by Russian military forces.
According to the British government, the defense systems will protect Ukrainian forces and people from the “intense barrage of Russian strikes”.
Sunak said, “We are today providing new air defense, including anti-aircraft guns, radars and anti-drone equipment, and stepping up humanitarian aid for the cold and harsh winter ahead.”
The country is also sending winter kits and supplies to Ukrainian soldiers to combat the extreme winter cold.