Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Industries Oleh Urusky said this in an interview with Ukrinform.
“The strategic level of relations with Turkey, as well as the level of interaction and understanding of each other as partners, allows us to say that we are actively moving towards the creation of a strategic alliance ... In the meantime, the first step can be the creation of joint ventures or cooperation of individual companies of our countries in aircraft construction, production of armored vehicles, missilery, electronic warfare, instrument making (optoelectronics) and engine building,” Urusky said.
According to him, both countries are interested in such cooperation, since this can ensure complementarity in the creation of modern weapons and military equipment.
The Deputy PM also noted that when creating joint ventures, they are not talking about technology transfer.
He also outlined possible projects. Among them is the joint creation of an unmanned combat aerial vehicle, which can have a modified Ukrainian turbojet engine.
As reported, a Ukrainian delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Oleh Urusky visited Turkey last week. During the three-day visit, the Ukrainian delegation met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Undersecretary for Defence Industries İsmail Demir and Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank. The delegation also visited the production facilities of the Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), Roketsan, Aselsan, Baykar Makina, a technology park in Istanbul, and Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.. During the visit, a Memorandum of Cooperation was also signed between the Ministry of Strategic Industries of Ukraine and the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries of Turkey (SSM).
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