Ukraine, Turkey mull joint ammo production

State-owned Joint-Stock Company Artem and the state-owned Spectehnoexport, both part of Ukraine`s major arms manufacturing holding Ukroboronprom, will cooperate on the ammunition production program with Turkey-based MKEK, according to Ukroboronprom press service.

”We are already cooperating with MKEK and deepening our cooperation. Today, points of interaction have been found for the manufacture of cartridges for small arms and many necessary components for cartridges,” the press service cited Volodymyr Korobov, Ukroboronprom`s deputy general director for aircraft manufacturing and production, as saying, following the signing of a cooperation agreement in Istanbul during the IDEF-2017 defense expo.

Memo. MKEK Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation was established in 1950. It is a reorganization of a government-controlled group of factories in Turkey that supplied the Turkish Armed Forces with military products. The corporation mainly produces equipment for the Turkish Armed Forces, such as the ammunition for small arms and heavy weapons, artillery systems, aerial bombs, mines, explosives, and rockets. MKEK also manufactures civil-purpose products such as steel, brass, and electrical parts and equipment. Its large range of defense industry products are not only demanded in Turkey, but are exported to more than 40 countries worldwide.

Ukraine`s state-run Ukroboronprom Concern was established in 2010 to ensure the effective operation and management of state-run economic entities involved in the development, manufacture, sale, repair, modernization and disposal of weapons, military and special equipment, and ammunition. The companies also participate in military and technical cooperation. The concern comprises over a hundred enterprises of Ukraine`s military industrial complex.

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