BAE Systems is in talks with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an office in Ukraine and deploy weapons production and repair facilities.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and representatives of the British defense company BAE Systems: CEO Dr. Charles Woodburn, Managing Director Gabby Costigan and Senior Director in Central & Eastern Europe Christian Seear.
“We discussed the localization of production in Ukraine. We agreed to start work on opening a BAE Systems office in Ukraine, and subsequently repair and production facilities for the company’s products…..We are ready to become a major regional hub for the repair and production of various types of products of BAE Systems and are interested in making our relations more global,” Zelensky posted on his official social media account.
BAE Systems is involved in the production of Typhoon fighter jets, Challenger 2 tanks, M113 armored personnel carriers, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, CV90 armored combat vehicles, Archer, M109 and M777 howitzers; besides ammunition.
Most of the company-developed are currently in service with the Ukrainian army. The latest move should significantly shorten the cycle of activities for the repair and restoration of artillery and armored vehicles.
BAE Systems might also help Ukraine with the transfer of technology and the production of artillery ammunition and missile weapons.