13:24 20 Dec 2023

Ukraine plans to produce one million FPV drones and thousands of long-range drones in 2024 – minister

Photo: FPV drone / heroesukraine.org

Ukraine plans to manufacture 1 million FPV drones in 2024, along with over 10,000 medium-range attack drones and more than a thousand drones with a range of 1,000 km, Rubryka reports, citing a statement from the Minister of Strategic Industries, Oleksandr Kamishyn.

As a reminder, President Zelensky promised during a press conference yesterday that Ukraine would produce a million drones next year, specifically mentioning FPV drones.

"We are already producing over 50,000 FPV drones in December alone. In addition to FPV drones, next year we are capable of producing over 10,000 medium-range attack drones (hundreds of km) and 1,000+ drones with a range beyond 1,000 km," stated Kamishyn.

The minister added that "all production capacities are ready," and the process of contracting for 2024 has already begun.

Production of Ukrainian UAVs

Earlier, the Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, reported that the Ukrainian drone manufacturing market is actively growing, with over 100 companies currently producing drones in the country.

The head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) previously announced the production of a unique maritime surface drone called "Maritime Baby." The production of these drones is located in Ukraine, with the factories situated underground.

Recently, the State Special Communications Service also revealed that they ordered hundreds of domestically produced drones from Ukrainian arms manufacturer "Ukroboronprom," and they will be ready by the end of the year.

According to the Minister of Strategic Industries, Oleksandr Kamishyn, Ukraine has established serial production of a domestic counterpart to Shahed drones. Dozens of such drones can be manufactured in a month.

Ukraine has started serial production of domestically produced Cobra strike UAVs, developed by engineers from Kryvyi Rih, with a flight range of up to 300 km.

Ukraine is currently facing a shortage of artillery ammunition. To compensate for the lack of projectiles, the country will increase the production of kamikaze drones.

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