The Ukroboronprom State Concern seeks to have tighter cooperation with Ukrainian Defense Ministry under the UKRARPA defense innovation development platform project initiated by the concern.
Ukroboronprom Head Roman Romanov said that recently the UKRARPA project was presented to the Defense Ministry and the General Staff. The project was approved by the military.
It was decided to create an ad hoc group to work on the implementation of cooperation under the project, he said.
The UKRARPA has been presented to the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, representatives of defense industry, Romanov said.
As reported, the initiative to create the platform meeting modern trends of global defense industry was announced by Roman Romanov at the 13th Arms and Security 2016 in Kyiv in October.
UKRARPA would unite designers, start-ups, investment funds and military servicemen. The platform would help concentrate progressive scientific ideas, investment and a mechanism for exchanging and protecting technologies.
At present Ukroboronprom is holding talks to start cooperation with U.S. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
In August Anthony Tether who headed DARPA in 2001-2009 became an advisor of Ukroboronprom. Tether will consult the concern on development of the Ukrainian defense and industrial complex and promotion of the Ukrainian defense products on foreign markets. (Interfax/Business World Magazine)