Canadian Firms to Assist Ukraine in Building up its Domestic Ammunition Production Capacity

The Canadian companies GL Munitions Inc. and Waterbury-Farrel will partner in this project with the Ukrainian government
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Ukraine still lacks domestic production capacity for small arms munitions
Ukraine still lacks domestic production capacity for small arms munitions

SE Ukroboronprom joined with State-owned Artem JSC Holding, Kyiv, and two Canadian firms on Tuesday, June 1 inked a deal regarding construction of a small arms ammunition production facility in Ukraine

The deal urges that the parties should immediately start a feasibility study for ammunition factory construction in Ukraine.

Signing Ceremony for a deal between SE Ukroboronprom and Canadian company officials / Photo courtesy of Yuri Gusev

“This extremely significant project is addressing a major challenge facing Ukraine’s defense industrial sector, that is construction of its own, fully capable ammunition factory,” Yuri Gusev, Ukroboronprom CEO said in his Facebook post.

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Ukroboronprom CEO is seen signing the agreement with an official of a Canadian partner company / Photo Credit: Yuri Gusev

The agreement was preceded by a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Canadian government agency for understanding and cooperation in the fields of defense Industry, aerospace and ammunition manufacturing.

Ukroboronprom CEO is seen signing the agreement with an official of a Canadian partner company / Photo Credit: Yuri Gusev

Waterbury-Farrel, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ammunition runs its own ‘close-loop’ ammunition factory and therefore has the knowledge and experience needed to assist Ukraine in building up its domestic ammunition production capacity.

DE memo: Ukraine has lost its domestic production capacity for small arms ammunition following Russia’s occupation of part of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas that was home to an ammunition factory in Luhansk (according to local residents’ accounts, the Luhansk ammunition factory has been ‘scrapped for metal’ and no longer in existence).

Ukraine’s Ministry for Strategic Industries in February 2020 set up within its structure a dedicated division to launch self-sufficient domestic production of small arms munitions

Yet despite the urgency of the issue, seven years into the war and after the loss of ammunition production facility in the currently insurgent-held eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, it does not go farther than just empty declarations and promises on paper.

Due to the deal struck with the Canadian partners, things seem to have moved off the standing block and Ukraine will eventually get its own ammunition production capacity to meet its military requirements.

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