Signal: Ukraine’s Ukroboronprom signs deals with Lithuania’s defense industry

Ukrainian defense company Ukroboronprom is seeking to develop partnerships with Lithuanian companies in a bid to boost industrial capabilities that could offset, in part, continued uncertainty about the ability of the US and European countries to support Kiev in its war against of Russia.

Announcing the signing of Letters of Intent with Lithuania’s NT Service, Brolis Semiconductors, RSI Europe and DMEXS, Ukroboronprom said in a January 10 announcement that the companies were involved in developing capabilities in various areas, including thermal imaging, remote detonation systems , electronic warfare and communications.

The signings took place during a visit abroad by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Vilnius last week.

THE Ukraine is vying for military support and financial aid from its allies in the US and Europe, amid doubts in some circles in Washington that it should continue to help Kiev. A key EU aid package to Ukraine is also being suspended after objections from member state Hungary, which also has close ties to Russia.

In an effort to address the difficulties, US officials have moved to a different tone in how the US would seek to continue its support to Ukraine, turning to developing industrial capabilities within Ukraine rather than relying on the provision of equipment from its own stock them.

Speaking in early January, US State Department spokesman Matt Miller said the US would support Kiev “as long as necessary”, but warned that support in 2024 would be different from that provided in 2022 and 2023.

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“That doesn’t mean we’re going to continue to support them at the same level of military funding that we did in 2022 and 2023. We don’t think that should be necessary because the goal is ultimately to get Ukraine … to stand on its own two feet and help Ukraine build its own industrial base and its own military industrial base so that it can finance and manufacture and acquire munitions on its own,” Miller said.

In November 2023 it was revealed that Ukroboronprom had expanded production of small drones used by the Ukrainian military for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance purposes. In June of the same year, the company announced that it had developed the capabilities to produce NATO-style 155mm ammunition, which had been supplied in significant quantities to Ukraine by its Western allies.

According to GlobalData, state-owned Ukroboronprom is primarily engaged in the design and development of armored military vehicles, radar technologies, aircraft, air defense, missile systems and artillery ships, and civilian vessels.

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