Home SECURITY & DEFENCE Volodymyr Zelensky announces 1st successful use of Ukraine-built long range missiles as BAE looks to ramp up supplies

Volodymyr Zelensky announces 1st successful use of Ukraine-built long range missiles as BAE looks to ramp up supplies

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov has expressed the nation's thanks to the designers and manufacturers for the successful implementation of Ukraine's home-built missile program.

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On the air of ICTV TV channel on Friday, September 1st, Oleksiy Danilov highlighted that on the previous day President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the successful use of long-range weapons of domestic production – hitting a target at a distance of 700 km.

“In the near future, some people will have a burning sensation,” he said, adding that the production of long-range weapons continues, and the range of 700 kilometers is “not an extreme limitation.”

The NSDC Secretary noted that the implementation of the missile program, which has been going on since 2020, is “a complex and powerful work, and today we have results.” In this context, he thanked the designers, manufacturers, and the Ministry of Strategic Industries for their hard work to accelerate our victory.

At the same time, Oleksiy Danilov said that Ukraine is not at war with the civilian population of the Russian federation, but strikes exclusively at military targets.

Volodymyr Zelensky: “The development of our own weapons production is a top priority.”

Meanwhile, British arms manufacturer BAE Systems has set up a legal entity in Ukraine and signed deals to help ramp up supplies of weapons and equipment to Kyiv.

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The firm said the move will allow it to work directly with Ukraine to explore potential partners and ultimately produce light artillery there.

BAE has produced much of the weaponry the UK and other nations have sent to Ukraine.

Since the Russian invasion in February 2022, Britain has become a major defence supplier to Ukraine.

The BBC understands that BAE has no current plans to open a physical office or a factory in Ukraine.

“The development of our own weapons production is a top priority,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Mr Zelensky made the announcement after holding a meeting with BAE’s chief executive Charles Woodburn.

“Signing the agreements and establishing a legal entity in Ukraine builds on our existing trust and support and paves the way for us to work together to provide more direct support to the Ukrainian armed forces,” said Mr Woodburn.

Read also: EU defence ministers reaffirm strong commitment to long-term military support for Ukraine

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