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White House discussed production of weapons for Ukraine with U.S. defense industry

White House discussed production of weapons for Ukraine with U.S. defense industry Photo: National Security Advisor to the U.S. President Jake Sullivan (Getty Images)

Representatives of twelve leading American defense companies held a meeting with members of the Administration of the President of the United States to discuss the prospects of manufacturing weapons for Ukraine, according to Reuters.

Unnamed representatives of the White House reported that the meeting was attended by executives representing various sectors of the American military-industrial complex.

It is noted that Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, convened the meeting to seek the "renewed emphasis on helping Ukraine overcome these key technological challenges that they have identified as inhibiting their progress and momentum on the battlefield."

Among the participants were managers from companies such as Palantir Technologies and Anduril Industries, mainly specializing in defense computer systems, as well as Fortem and Skydio, involved in drones and counter-drone systems.

The meeting participants discussed how Washington could provide additional military assistance to Ukraine, including technologies for demining, drones, and systems to counter Russian drones.

White House sources note that the U.S. seeks to expand Ukraine's access to cutting-edge American technologies in this way. American officials also confirmed that the companies represented at the meeting are already directly working with the Ukrainian government.

What preceded

During his visit to the United States, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with the leaders of American defense companies. During the meeting, Zelenskyy proposed the creation of a European defense hub with a base in Ukraine. He emphasized that Ukraine has significant practical experience in the defense sector gained as a result of the war.

The President emphasized that Ukraine is ready to increase the production of ammunition and military equipment, but for this, it needs the support of major foreign companies.