Kyiv’s deputy defense minister says ‘war-proven in Ukraine’ stamp will help producers sell their weapons
Kyiv’s Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Gavrilov has said that US defense companies should send their new weapons to Ukraine so that they can be tested in real combat against Russian forces.
Gavrilov made the proposal Wednesday in a speech before hundreds of U.S. defense industry representatives and military acquisition staff at the Future Force Capabilities Conference and Exhibition in Austin, Texas.
“If you have some ideas, or some pilot projects to test before mass manufacturing, you can send it to us and we’ll flesh it out. And at the end you get the stamp, which The war in Ukraine will prove it. You’ll sell it easily.” he said, as quoted by Military Times.
Startup companies, including anti-drone and anti-jamming equipment, have already brought new technologies to the Ukrainian battlefield, according to the deputy defense minister.
“And they came back with a product that is now competitive in the market because it was tested in a war zone,” Gavrilov said, without disclosing the companies that have worked with Ukraine in this capacity.
His comments came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial demobilization, which he said was necessary because Russia was at war. “The Whole Western Military Machine” In Ukraine, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu later said there were plans to call up about 300,000 reserves.
Given this shift in Russia’s strategy, Kyiv will need more anti-drone and electronic warfare technologies, armored vehicles, and long-range anti-tank and precision-fire weapons, Gavrilov said.
According to Shoigu, Ukraine is now almost entirely dependent on weapons supplied by the United States, Britain, the European Union and other countries, as Russian forces lost most of the Soviet-made hardware they had before fighting broke out in late February. have destroyed
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Moscow has long criticized the West for supplying Kyiv with weapons, saying it prolongs the fighting and increases the risk of a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO. “The United States, in fact, stands on the brink of becoming a party to the conflict.” Because of his policies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Wednesday.
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