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Shmyhal: More than 200 Ukrainian companies began developing drones

by Asami Terajima October 7, 2023 12:10 PM 2 min read
A large Jupiter fixed-wing drone is tested by the Defender Army at an undisclosed location on Sept. 5, 2023. (Photo: Francis Farrell/Kyiv Independent)
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More than 200 Ukrainian companies began developing drones, growing domestic production by a hundredfold in a year, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Oct. 7.

Speaking at Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's Parliament, Shmyhal said that the defense industry has radically changed in the wake of Russia's full-scale war as it encourages private companies' involvement by making the "path of a drone from development to its purchase as short as possible."

Shmyhal's statement comes as Ukrainian innovators ramp up their efforts to help the military better defend themselves by developing new types of drones – such as ones that are resistant to Russia's powerful electronic warfare that often jams them.

In a move to encourage private companies' production of drones – now crucial to track enemy troop movements and locate their firing points from above, the government has taken steps to simplify the long bureaucratic process required for innovation to be officially used by the military.

Platforms, such as Brave1 that provides financial and informational support for Ukrainian defense tech projects, have been established to guide the innovation process.

The innovators, however, say that realizing war-time innovations on the battlefield is still a long and expensive bureaucratic process, often facing the lack of financial resources to keep going.

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At this stage of a war that could last years more, both Ukraine and Russia are getting serious with their drone game: ramping up production while always looking to come up with new innovations.
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