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Dynamit Nobel Defence Signs Contract With Ukrainian UDI: What Weapons Could Soon be Produced in Ukraine

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Pzf 3 (Panzerfaust 3) recoilless anti-tank grenade launcher / Photo credit: Dynamit Nobel Defence
Pzf 3 (Panzerfaust 3) recoilless anti-tank grenade launcher / Photo credit: Dynamit Nobel Defence

Ukraine is expanding its military cooperation with the world's biggest players in the defense market

Ukraine's largest state-owned conglomerate of defense companies, the Ukrainian Defense Industry joint-stock company (JSC UDI, formerly known as Ukroboronprom) has announced a new Memorandum on cooperation with Dynamit Nobel Defence, a German-based arms maker. "Ukroboronprom continues to expand the geography of international partnerships with the leading global companies," the UDI statement reads.

Herman Smetanin, Chairman of UDI, stressed: "Our Our partnership is important for strengthening defense capabilities, important for the Victory of Ukraine and building the Arsenal of the free world," reffering to Ukrainian government's strategic ambition to transform the post-Soviet country into a state of modern military technologies.

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Michael Humbek, CEO of Dynamit Nobel Defence (left), with Herman Smetanin, Director of UDI
Michael Humbek, CEO of Dynamit Nobel Defence (left), with Herman Smetanin, Director of UDI, sign a contracton / Photo credit: Ukrainian Defense Industry

Dynamit Nobel Defence GmbH (DND) was founded in 1865 and today is a subsidiary of the Israeli defense company Rafael. Foremostly known for its shoulder-launched anti-tank weapons: an entire series of RGW (RGW 60, RGW 90, RGW 110), as well as the iconic Panzerfaust 3.

The RGW 90 recoilless anti-tank grenade launcher is also known as Matador, or Wirkmittel 90 in the German military
The RGW 90 recoilless anti-tank grenade launcher is also known as Matador, or Wirkmittel 90 in the German military / Photo credit: Dynamit Nobel Defence

The manufacturer also offers solutions for broadband communication, and the Fire Weaver — a fire control system that unites the sensors on different combat platforms in real-time to minimize the time from target detection to its destruction.

Illustrative graphics shows the working principle of the Fire Weaver system
Illustrative graphics shows the working principle of the Fire Weaver system / Graphics credit: Dynamit Nobel Defence

Additionally, the company's website notes that Dynamit Nobel Defence offers individual solutions and concepts of protection for any type of combat vehicle, military and civilian fire protection systems.

Earlier this month, the JSC UDI announced the start of partnerships with multiple companies from Lithuania, namely: NT Service, Brolis Semiconductors, RSI Europe and DMEXS. Generally, they specialize in making sighting systems, including thermal imagers, modern remote detonation triggers, EW devices, communication utilities, etc.

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