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Kyiv to cultivate homegrown drone industry

by Lance Luo October 11, 2023 3:10 AM 1 min read
An instructor from the Trident Defense Initiative, an organization that provides medical and tactical training, gives instruction about a DJI drone during the training session for the Ukrainian Defense Forces about how to clear buildings, manage close combat, and control DJI drones in the Kharkiv, Ukraine on June 13, 2023. (Photo credit: Sofiia Bobok/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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The Ukrainian government plans to support the country’s domestic military-industrial complex and drone manufacturing capabilities, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced on Oct. 10.

“The government simplified the import of drones as much as possible and expanded the list of military and dual-use goods that can be imported without the permission of the State Service for Export Control. We have removed bureaucratic obstacles for the procurement of Ukrainian drones,” he said.

Inexpensive unmanned machines have transformed the battlefield on land, in the air, and out at sea, and granted Ukraine new capabilities to defend its territory.

Earlier this year, Ukraine launched the Marichka, an underwater naval drone that can carry a 200 kilogram warhead, and announced the creation of a special seaborne drone unit.

For 2024, the Ukrainian government has allocated the equivalent of $1.5 billion for domestic arms manufacturing, with the majority intended for drone production.

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