Ukroboronprom to Assemble Licensed Rifles to NATO Standards

by Roman Cheplyk
Friday, February 23, 2024
Ukroboronprom to Assemble Licensed Rifles to NATO Standards

The Ukrainian defense conglomerate Ukroboronprom has signed an intent agreement with the Czech company Česká zbrojovka a.s., a subsidiary of Colt CZ Group SE, for a license transfer that will enable the assembly of NATO-standard rifles, specifically the CZ BREN 2 model, in Ukraine.

This move aims to provide the Armed Forces of Ukraine with high-quality, standard firearms to bolster their operational capabilities. The CZ BREN 2 is widely used by military and law enforcement agencies globally, including the Czech Republic Army, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the French National Gendarmerie's Task Force (GIGN), the Portuguese Army, the Polish Border Guard, and the Romanian Gendarmerie.

Ukroboronprom's General Director, Herman Smetanin, highlighted the significance of technology transfers from NATO member countries as crucial for the company's international partnerships and military defense reform. This initiative represents a significant advancement towards establishing the Arsenal of the Free World in Ukraine. Jan Zaits, CEO of Česká zbrojovka, expressed honor in supporting Ukraine's adoption of NATO standard equipment and enhancing the country's defense industry capacity.

The CZ BREN 2 production technology transfer project in Ukraine was unveiled as a key initiative at the First International Forum of Defense Industries (DFNC1) in Kyiv, attended by 252 companies from over 30 countries, in late September 2023. This forum was a collaborative effort of Ukraine's Ministry of Strategic Industries, Ministry of Defense, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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