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Ukraine to produce rifles according to NATO standards

Ukraine to produce rifles according to NATO standards Ukraine will produce rifles according to NATO standards (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Ukraine will produce NATO standard firearms, specifically CZ BREN 2 rifles, according to Ukroboronprom (Ukrainian defense industry company).

Ukrainian Defense Industry has signed a licensing agreement with Czech company Česká zbrojovka a.s. and its subsidiary Colt CZ Group SE.

This agreement allows for the production of NATO standard firearms in Ukraine, notably the CZ BREN 2 model. The CZ BREN 2 rifle is utilized by military and law enforcement agencies in various countries, including the armies of Czechia and Portugal, France's National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN), Polish border guard, Romanian gendarmerie, and others.

The transfer of technology for the production of CZ BREN 2 was presented at the first Defense Industries International Forum (DFNC1) in Kyiv in late September 2023.

Domestically produced weapons in Ukraine

The Ukrainian army already operates dozens of domestically produced drones, including not only unmanned aerial vehicles but also surface drones.

Earlier, Minister of Strategic Industries Oleksandr Kamishyn announced that Ukraine has established serial production of a domestic prototype of Shahed drones.

Additionally, Ukraine is developing its own counterpart to the Russian kamikaze drone Lancet, which is already undergoing testing on the front lines.

Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said that Ukraine has already caught up with Russia in terms of the number of long-range kamikaze drones. According to him, Ukraine aims to transition the production of electronic warfare systems to market rails and open it up to entrepreneurs.