Boeing is in talks with the Government of Ukraine on military technical cooperation, according to Ukraine National Security and Defense Council Deputy Secretary Serhiy Kryvonos.
During the ‘Informational Evening’ programme on Channel 5, Kryvonos stated that the government had already held the first stage of negotiations with Boeing to determine the general line of action.
The second round of negotiations on detailed cooperation is expected to take place between May and June, Kryvonos noted.
He added that the potential partnership with the US aerospace and defence company will prove beneficial for the country and can pave the way for similar cooperation pacts with other firms.
Kryvonos hopes the partnership can serve as a successful example of cooperation ‘in order to attract other investors and draw in more projects to Ukraine to deepen military-technical cooperation with Nato member states’.
He added: “For us, this means thousands of jobs, an opportunity to make our army stronger, and to strengthen positions in international markets.”
The negotiations pertain to the large-scale assembly and repair of aircraft on the basis of domestic aircraft repair plants in Ukraine.
Furthermore, the cooperation is expected to cover the development of the infrastructure of these plants for servicing of Boeing aircraft.
Kryvonos said that the proposed cooperation will also benefit Boeing in relation to its competition with Airbus in the European market and Lockheed in the US.
He noted: “Therefore, for them it is a rather successful project, which will allow to become stronger in their market as well.”
In a separate development, Ukraine is reportedly planning to liquidate state defence firm Ukroboronprom amid corruption scandals.
The government will replace the company with a state agency with broader powers, news agency TASS reported citing Kryvonos.