“Our goal is to establish the foundations for long-term cooperation that will continue beyond the end of the armed conflict. One aspect involves current military equipment deliveries, which we intend to maintain. Equally important is for Czech companies to establish themselves in Ukraine, laying the groundwork for long-term collaboration,” stated Czech Deputy Minister of Defence, František Šulc.
The signed memorandum pertains to collaboration in several areas that are relevant in the ongoing conflict and will also offer promising prospects for the Czech defence industry in the future. It primarily focuses on repairs and maintenance of weapons used by Ukrainian and Czech armed forces, as well as the development of weapons and ammunition within manufacturing capacities in both the Czech Republic and Ukraine. Another crucial area is the development and research of the defence industry, along with facilitating the training of experts and technical personnel.
Repairs and modernization of the main battle tank and other armored vehicles will be another significant area of cooperation. Additionally, both parties aim to collaborate in the production of small firearms, small and large-caliber ammunition, and the modernization of aviation, including aircraft and helicopters. Electronic warfare will also be a crucial area of cooperation.
The memorandum enables the implementation of individual projects by specific Czech companies, in partnership with their Ukrainian counterparts, typically state-owned enterprises falling under the purview of the Ministry of Strategic Industries.