The Ukroboronprom State Concern and Turkey’s MKEK (Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu) operating in machine and chemical industry will establish cooperation under the ammunition development program, the press service of the concern reported on May 10.
According to the report, the cooperation agreement between MKEK and Ukroboronprom’s Artem state-owned joint-stock company and state-run foreign trade enterprise SpetsTechnoExport was signed at the 13th International Defense Industry Fair IDEF 2017 in Istanbul with participation of Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov.
“We are cooperating with MKEK and stepping up our cooperation. At the current stage we have found the common interest in making bullets for small arms and elements for bullets,” the press service said, citing Ukroboronprom Deputy Head Volodymyr Korobov.
Since 2015, Ukraine has been working on plans to create a new ammunition facility in cooperation with western partners to replace Luhansk Ammunition Factory and Donetsk Plant of Chemical Products lost due to hostilities. The plans were presented after a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission in Brussels.
According to the Ukroboronprom, after the talks with famous western ammunition manufacturers, over 10 options for organizing the new production facilities were submitted to the Ukrainian government. The terms of the implementation of the plans depend on financing, the concern said. (Interfax-Ukraine/Business World Magazine)