On May 26, the Ministry of digital transformation of Ukraine announced the signing of a bilateral High-level innovation dialogue between Ukraine and NATO. Ukraine's minister of digital transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, and NATO deputy secretary general for new security challenges, David van Wiel, became signatories.
"During a full-scale war, the world discovered Ukraine as a technological and innovative state. And now, our country remains an ideal platform for testing and developing the best defence-tech solutions. That is why NATO is interested in cooperation with Ukraine and is already considering opportunities to support Ukrainian military products. In particular, the development of defence tech cluster Brave1," Ministry of digital transformation.
The work between Ukraine and NATO will develop in 2 directions:
- NATO support for Ukrainian dual-purpose developments;
- Funding of Ukrainian digital projects that are useful for NATO.
"This is the biggest war since WWII and, at the same time, the most technological war in the history of mankind. Innovations play a special role in confronting the enemy, which is many times superior in terms of the number of weapons and personnel. Launching the Innovation dialogue between Ukraine and NATO is an important step that will bring the interaction between our country and the Alliance to a new level. We are also ready to share our experience with our allies. After all, we have been using innovations in real combat conditions for more than a year," Mykhailo Fedorov.
In 2022, the NATO innovation fund was created to support innovative solutions. As part of the €1 billion fund, useful dual-purpose products will be financed. NATO and the digital sphere of Ukraine already have several joint projects. For example, the Delta situational awareness system.