UKRAINE AND SRI LANKA WILL DEEPEN COOPERATION IN THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY.

13.12.2021

Ukraine and the Republic of Sri Lanka intend to intensify and expand cooperation in the defense industry. This agreement was reached as a result of a meeting between the leaders of the State Concern Ukroboronprom and the State Company Ukrspecexport with the Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to Ukraine (based in Ankara) Mohamed Rizvi Hassen.

During the meeting, the opportunities and prospects of the Ukrainian military-industrial complex were presented, as well as steps to further develop military-technical cooperation between our countries were discussed.

Yuriy Shramko, Deputy General Director of Ukrspecexport, assured his interlocutor of the readiness of the Ukrainian side to support the high dynamics of partnership development in the framework of bilateral projects in the aviation industry. In particular, it concerns the supply, maintenance, repair and modernization of aircraft.

«Sri Lanka has long been a reliable partner of Ukraine in military-defense partnership, and we are interested in further development of bilateral relations», said Yuriy Shramko.

For his part, the Sri Lankan Ambassador assured the participants of the meeting of his country's unwavering aspirations to strengthen military-technical relations with Ukraine and readiness to discuss new major bilateral projects.

As previously reported, in April 2021, a military delegation from Sri Lanka headed by the Commander of the Air Force of this country, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana, visited Ukraine. She held meetings with the management of Ukroboronprom and got acquainted with the production and technologies of overhaul, modernization and construction of aircraft at the Concern's enterprises.

Ukraine has an intergovernmental agreement on military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. It provides for partnerships in such areas as:

- supply of weapons and military equipment;

- providing assistance in maintaining combat readiness, carrying out repair work and modernization of weapons and military equipment;

- supply of auxiliary equipment and spare parts for armaments and military equipment;

- supply of training (educational) equipment;

- training of military and civilian personnel of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in military educational institutions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on a contractual basis, etc.