BAE Systems sets up local presence in Ukraine

BAE Systems has established a legal entity in Ukraine and signed deals with the Ukrainian government to ramp up support to the country’s armed forces and explore the supply of light artillery to Ukraine.

The UK-based defence technology company said the new agreements will allow it to work directly with Ukraine to explore potential partners and ultimately produce 105mm Light Guns there.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the cooperation, stating: “The development of our own weapons production is a top priority.”

BAE Systems originally manufactured much of the equipment that the UK and other countries have provided to Ukraine since it was invaded by Russia in February 2022.

Working with neighbouring NATO countries, BAE Systems is also providing support, training and repairs to the Ukrainian armed forces.

The new agreements come days after Sweden signed a statement of intent with Ukraine to strengthen cooperation in production, operation, training and servicing of the CV90 platform, which is currently manufactured by BAE Systems’ Hägglunds business in Sweden.