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Shells, drones, procurements: Ukraine's government adopts 3 key decisions to strengthen defense

Shells, drones, procurements: Ukraine's government adopts 3 key decisions to strengthen defense Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal (Photo: Vitalii Nosach-RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has adopted three resolutions aimed at strengthening the Ukrainian defense industry complex. They pertain to the production of drones and more, according to the speech of the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, during a Cabinet meeting.

Simplification in the production of ammunition

According to Shmyhal, the first resolution concerns the deregulation (reduction of state regulation) in the production of ammunition.

The Prime Minister recalled that last summer, the Cabinet launched an experimental project for the production of ammunition for drones. Within its framework, the circle of potential producers was expanded, bureaucracy was eliminated, and clear algorithms were created - from development to use on the battlefield.

Thus, in just six months, over 10 manufacturers were registered, over 20 ammunition samples were put into operation, and another 30 are undergoing testing.

Now the project has been decided to be extended to all types of ammunition.

"New enterprises can quickly join the work. Thus, in the shortest possible time, we will strengthen our army," he noted.

Pricing for drone production

The second resolution concerns pricing for the production of drones in Ukraine.

"Now drone manufacturers will provide price adjustment towards reduction if the profit exceeds 25%," Shmyhal explained.

He clarified that this norm would eliminate potential risks of overpayments and non-target use of funds when making state purchases of drones.

Honest defense procurements

The third resolution concerns defense procurement. Now they will go through a competitive procedure using a closed module on the Prozorro system (public e-procurement system where government tenders are announced for goods and services - Ed.).

Shmyhal explained that the government had decided to address several tasks at once:

  • First - ensuring continuity, stability, and manageability of supplying our army with everything necessary.
  • Second - establishing transparent pricing, where the state does not overpay, and businesses make a profit.
  • Third - putting in place safeguards against the leakage of information that poses risks to security."

Production of arms in Ukraine

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Ukraine has significantly increased the production of its own weaponry. The main focus is on manufacturing ammunition and drones, which are actively used to eliminate Russian occupiers.

In particular, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that this year, the plan is to produce and deliver one million drones to our defenders. This specifically concerns FPV drones.

For more details on whether such a quantity of drones can change the situation on the front, refer to RBC-Ukraine's material.