Five Italian companies joined the Alliance of Defence Industries

Five Italian companies joined the Alliance of Defence Industries: Leonardo S.p.A., Fincantieri, Elettronica, Iveco Defense Vehicles and FAE Group S.p.A.

Italian delegation headed by Lieutenant General Luciano Portolano, Deputy Minister of Defence of the Italian Republic, visited Kyiv on November 16. The delegation included representatives of major Italian enterprises producing a wide range of weapons, military equipment and defence systems, as well as Italian Ambassador Pier Francesco Zazo and members of the diplomatic corps.

The Ukrainian side of the meeting was represented by Minister of Strategic Industries of Ukraine Alexander Kamyshin, his deputies Serhiy Boyev and Hanna Hvozdyar, and Director General of Ukrainian Defence Industry JSC Herman Smetanin.

The parties discussed cooperation in various sectors of the defence industry, which should significantly strengthen Ukraine’s defence capabilities. Italian industrial and technological leaders in the defence and security sectors offered their projects for implementation. They also discussed cooperation between Italian and Ukrainian manufacturers of military products.

Among other things, Italian companies expressed interest in cooperation in the aviation industry, demining of Ukraine, production of armored vehicles, airspace protection, and exchange of technological innovations. With regard to the latter, the Italian government is allocating separate funds, part of which will be used to develop military innovations in Ukraine. In addition, Italian scientific institutions will be involved in the development of our technologies.

Currently, the Alliance of Defence Industries includes 74 companies from more than 20 countries that have expressed their readiness to contribute to the development of the Ukrainian defence industry.