United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ukraine are likely to begin the joint manufacturing of Ukrainian firm Antonov’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
“At present, the most promising market for us is the Middle East and Southeast Asia. We discussed the establishment of joint production of Antonov State Enterprise’s UAVs with the UAE,” Pavlo Bukin, General Manager of the Concern said, after meeting with Major-General Abdullah Al Hashmi, Deputy Minister of Defense of the UAE at the ongoing Paris Air Show 2019 in Le Bourget.
Representatives of the two countries also discussed the joint manufacture and sale of UAE equipment to Kiev’s land-based forces.
In 2017, UAE and Ukraine signed an agreement for cooperation in the production of precision-guided weapons for the Emirati Armed Forces and the delivery of Antonov transport aircraft to the UAE Air Force. The agreement also included the production of UAVs and anti-UAV systems, besides and the joint production of electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) equipment.