Ukraine-Poland defense collaboration holds export potential, say experts
Industry experts from the Warsaw-based Casimir Pulaski Foundation believe that Ukraine could become a significant export market for Polish arms manufacturers and a valuable partner for the Polish defense sector
Polskie Radio reports this.
In a recent report, the foundation highlighted the growing cooperation between Poland and Ukraine in defense matters, which has intensified following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The experts noted that both countries share common objectives in developing military equipment, making defense collaboration promising.
Dariusz Materniak, one of the report's authors, pointed out that the equipment provided by Poland to Ukraine has performed well in battle, indicating areas for further cooperation.
The report identifies potential collaboration in anti-aircraft systems, artillery, armored vehicles, and other areas.
Poland's expertise in maritime and unmanned systems complements Ukraine's capabilities in transport aircraft, creating opportunities for mutual enhancement.
The experts believe that Ukraine has long-term potential as a stable export market for Polish defense products, including basic soldier equipment such as helmets, vests, and uniforms.
Regarding financing defense projects, the report suggests that EU and NATO financial and assistance programs can address this need, which has expanded in recent times.
Tomasz Smura from the foundation notes that Ukraine is eager to collaborate with the Polish defense industry, even considering relocating production lines and workers to Poland.
Despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, the prospects for defense cooperation between the two nations look promising.