“Ukroboronprom” Plans to Create Combat Robots

by Meifan Honcharuk
Friday, November 12, 2021
“Ukroboronprom” Plans to Create Combat Robots

Plant "Meridian" — a part of the "Ukroboronprom" concern, will participate in creating Ukrainian combat robots

What is Ukroboronprom

The state concern Ukroboronprom is a strategic manufacturer of weapons and military equipment in Ukraine. The concern unites state unitary enterprises in the strategic branches of the state's defense industry, which employ about 67.000 highly qualified workers.

JSC Meridian, which is part of the concern, LLC Sikorsky Challenge Innovation Holding and the Mobile Combat Operations project developers, signed a cooperation agreement. This was the first step towards implementing five innovative domestic ideas for the defense sector.

Information about the project

It is noted that the projects were selected among the finalists of the Sikorsky Challenge — 2021 start-up competition, created by Ukrainian scientists and inventors. These developments have passed the preliminary selection, during which experts evaluated their innovativeness, technological completeness, the possibility of deploying production at the plant's facilities, etc.

The first plans to implement the Mobile Combat Operations project are crewless compact ground vehicles designed to perform logistic, reconnaissance and combat missions, particularly fire support and demining.

Reportedly, the Sikorsky Challenge holding will provide marketing support, and the Ukroboronprom plant will provide serial production.

Other projects

The other four projects, which are planned to be launched later, relate to:

  • Counteraction to the hostile uncrewed aerial vehicle;
  • Demining of territories using drones, network technologies;
  • Intelligent video monitoring of airspace in the visible and infrared frequency ranges;
  • High-precision guidance of means of destruction of air targets;
  • Creation of an economical electric motor.
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