Kazakhstan and Ukraine have signed new contracts for the mutual supply of military products, said the Kazakh Defense Ministry on Thursday. In the future, Kazakhstan will modernize Ukrainian military transport aircrafts and develop, in cooperation with Kiev, new drones.
For now, supplies are exclusively for the aviation industry. The corresponding agreement was signed between the Kazakhstan Aviation Industry LLP and the Ukrainian company Special Export, which is focused on the international Import- and Export business.
The Kazakh Ministry of Defense in Astana stated that the agreement of the defense industries of both countries offer new opportunities.
It’ll be a matter of content that Kazakhstan takes over the future maintenance and repair works of the Ukrainian Antonov aircraft; a service center will be built in the capital of Astana. The undertaking seeks to indulge JSC engines qithin the regional center for the repair of motor-engines.
In addition, the old engines of the AN-2 aircraft will be replaced by modified, or new engines. Overall, it is planned to modernize the aircraft type fundamentally. The An-2 was developed after World War II in the former USSR and is used for both, civilian and military purposes until this date.
Finally, the creation of an industrial assembly plant for MC-14 Turboprop-engines is foreseen and is also responsible for the installation of motors in modernized aircrafts.
Part of the agreement also includes the joint development and production of drones for military and civilian purposes, including the repair and maintenance of aircraft simulators.
Since the year 2014, Ukraine is caught up in a civil war against the east of the country, which is mainly pro-Russian in its sentiments, opposed to the west, which is pro-European. Despite the collapsing economy, the government in Kiev has been upgrading its army systematically.
Finally, the creation of an industrial assembly plant for MC-14 turboprop engines is foreseen. This should also take over the installation of motors in modernized aircraft.
Part of the agreement also represents the joint development and production of drones for military and civilian purposes, including their repair and maintenance of aircraft simulators.
Ukraine is since 2014 in a civil war with its own people in the east of the country, which is widely set as pro-Russian. Since then, Kiev, the Ukrainian army upgraded despite a collapsing economy systematically.