Ukraine’s defense industry experiences a seismic shift as 200 new companies join the race to develop combat drones in the face of Russia’s ongoing conflict.
Kyiv, October 07, 2023 – In the wake of Russia’s invasion, Ukraine has witnessed an astonishing increase in drone production, with Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal revealing that 200 new firms have entered the field. The rapid expansion comes as both Ukraine and Russia vie for supremacy in the drone warfare arena.
“Now the progress of a drone from development to purchase is as short as possible,” Shmyhal stated during a press conference in Kyiv on Saturday. He emphasized that Ukraine’s defense industry has undergone a radical transformation, with the state-owned arms company Ukroboronprom undergoing significant modernization.
The dynamics of the drone war have shifted multiple times since the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Initially, Ukraine held the upper hand, thanks to drones supplied by the Turkish manufacturer Bayraktar. However, Russia retaliated with devastating effect, deploying mass-produced Iranian Shahed drones.
Both sides now employ small reconnaissance and attack drones to surveil and engage in the conflict, ensuring that no movement goes unnoticed. In a noteworthy development, recent drone attacks have extended as far as Moscow, highlighting Ukraine’s progress in developing longer-range drones, even though their explosive payload remains limited.
This escalation in drone production underscores Ukraine’s determination to strengthen its position in the ongoing conflict and enhance its military capabilities.