Kyiv initiates expansion of Ukraine's drone ammunition industry
In an effort to bolster Ukraine's drone capabilities amid the war, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted a resolution on Friday to expand domestic production of ammunition for unmanned aerial vehicles, according to the government's representative in parliament, Taras Melnychuk.
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At the proposal of three ministries – strategic industries, defense and digital transformation – an experiment in the production, procurement and supply of ammunition for unmanned systems and combat parts of unmanned systems will take place in Ukraine over the next two years.
The government resolution approves the procedure for conducting the experiment, obtaining the status of a manufacturer of ammunition for UAVs, and requirements for enterprises.
"We have already achieved significant results in the number of domestically produced UAVs at the front. But with their increase, the need for ammunition also increases. Today, our soldiers often use makeshift designs to equip drones with grenades, mines, and other non-specialized ammunition. This is not always reliable and effective. Now the situation will change," Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov commented on the Cabinet's decision,
The official explained that the government's decision allows private companies to legally produce munitions for drones, which opens up opportunities for the development and scaling of technological products.
In early July during an extended meeting of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief's Staff, military leadership decided to boost the production of weapon systems and ammunition to meet Ukraine's growing defense needs.