The collaboration aims to adapt Slovakia’s Eva self-propelled howitzer to meet Ukrainian requirements, incorporating technical solutions from Ukrainian defence industry.
Konstrukta Defence, a Slovak defence company, and PJSC Kramatorsk Heavy Duty Machine Tool Building Plant from Ukraine will be key partners in the project. The goal is to construct a functional prototype within one year.
“Konstrukta Defence is a good and reliable partner with whom we are developing projects in the field of mortars, ammunition, modernization of the Bohdana project, as well as in the development of a new 155mm howitzer,” said chief of PJSC Kramatorsk Heavy Duty Machine Tool Building Plant Vitaliy Zagudaev.
While there are potential risks, such as upcoming elections in Slovakia and political parties opposing military support for Ukraine, the director of Konstrukta Defence remains optimistic about the project’s success and its potential to revitalize the Slovak defense industry.
“The project with Ukrainian partners is a huge opportunity for our entire arms industry, which has either been in decline since 1989, or has been standing still,” adds the head of the state-owned company,” he said.