UKROBORONPROM DEEPENS INTEGRATION OF DEFENCE INDUSTRY AND SCIENCE

Ukrainian technical universities will compete for the opportunity to develop new samples of military equipment and weapons. This was stated by UKROBORONPROM Director General Roman Romanov during the signing of the Memorandum on scientific and technical cooperation with NTUU "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute".

According to Roman Romanov, the State Concern has completed the first stage of country’s scientific potential inventory for the benefit of defense industry. Over the past few months, UKROBORONPROM (UOP) signed memorandums of cooperation with 44 educational and research institutions of 21 regions and attracted the Academy of Sciences and UOP R&D agencies. The next step is about clustering of the given potential, determining the needs of the military, universities’ involvement in project work, working out financial and organizational models of cooperation.

"As a result, we will agree on a grid, containing data on the real needs of the defense industry. Universities will compete for the most promising orders, independently or in cooperation with colleagues, they will have a chance to share their experiences and ideas, "- said Roman Romanov.

He added that this is the way how defense industry will move from Soviet planned economy atavisms to a project economy that works effectively across the world. In particular, in Western countries, at least 3-4 scientific and technical institutions are competing for the tender for development of each defense project.

UKROBORONPROM is successfully cooperating with almost 50 Ukrainian universities, attracting scientific potential to solving production issues. Among them – the legendary Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, NTUU "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute," NTU “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute”. This cooperation proved to be effective. In particular, domestic UAV – developed by students of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute – has improved warfare capabilities of the Ukrainian Army.