Defense Ministry approves new UAVs for the military under expedited procedure


Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has for the first time approved the procurement of several new models of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) under a simplified procedure that allows drones to be deployed to the frontlines within just a few days, the ministry said in a Telegram post on Oct. 25.

Previously, the approval process for new UAV models took months — the designs were tested, trials conducted, and revisions made. With the alterations to the government regulations, the process has been shortened to a few days, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Digital Transformation Minister, added in another post.

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According to him, the military has tested and approved new models of Ukrainian-made FPV (first-person view) drones and reconnaissance UAVs.

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Earlier on Oct. 25, Strategic Industries Minister Oleksandr Kamyshin reported that by the end of the year, Ukraine will be capable of producing “tens of thousands” of drones every month.

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