Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has expressed confidence in the development and potential of Ukraine's defense industry, predicting that the nation could one day become one of the strongest members of NATO, reported by Ukrainian Pravda.
In his evening video address on December 27, Zelenskyy highlighted the significant progress made by the industry and its contribution to global security.
Zelenskyy stated, "I am grateful to everyone who develops this industry of ours, to everyone who invests their own work, their ideas in the development of the Ukrainian defense industry."
He emphasized that the constant development could propel Ukraine's defense complex into the top 10 globally, recognizing the country's potential as a global security donor and a formidable NATO member.
Approximately 300,000 people are currently employed in Ukraine's defense sector, which Zelenskyy described as one of the state's greatest achievements in recent years. He noted the restoration and productivity of the defense industrial complex, crucial for modern, technological warfare.
The revival includes many private initiatives and the resumption of operations at state-owned enterprises, some inactive for decades, now producing new types of weapons.
For the upcoming year, the President mentioned specific targets for artillery, drones, missiles, and armored vehicles.
Additionally, Ukraine has established agreements with partners, particularly the United States, for joint weapon production, new production facilities in Ukraine, and an expanded repair base.
These developments, Zelenskyy asserted, provide Ukraine with strength in defense and economic vigor, contributing to GDP growth and creating quality job opportunities.
The nation's defense industry's advancement reflects Ukraine's commitment to enhancing its military capabilities and global security contributions.