Ukraine’s Antonov to produce UAVs based on French Aarok drone
The Antonov company has signed an agreement with the French Turgis & Gaillard group on the production of multifunctional drones based on the Aarok
It is reported by La Tribune.
The agreement was signed during the visit of French Defence Minister Sébastien Lecornu to Ukraine. He came to Kyiv with representatives of about 20 French companies specialising in the production of military equipment (armoured vehicles, artillery, drones), cybersecurity and demining.
After signing the agreement, the parties will have to determine where the drone will be assembled and what French and Ukrainian components are needed.
For reference. The Aarok is a MALE (Moyenne Altitude et Longue Endurance) drone. The manufacturer notes that it can perform both reconnaissance and combat missions. In addition, due to its endurance and payload capacity, the drone can be used for maritime surveillance and patrolling. The manufacturer notes that it can be an element of anti-submarine operations and search and rescue missions
The Defence Industries Forum in Kyiv
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy first mentioned the Defence Industries Forum in early August at a conference of Ukrainian ambassadors in Uzhhorod.
During the Defence Industries Forum, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the creation of the Defence Industries Alliance and the world's first fleet of maritime drones. The Alliance brings together 38 companies from 19 countries.
The First International Defence Industries Forum (DFNC1) brought together 252 companies from more than 30 countries producing a full range of weapons, military equipment and defence systems in Kyiv. The event was attended by manufacturers of tanks, artillery, drones, ammunition, innovative software developers and owners of unique sophisticated technologies from partner countries. In addition, Ukrainian state-owned and private enterprises of the defence industry, both large groups of companies and defence-tech start-ups, joined the event.