Ukraine, NATO adopt 2018 road map for defense- technical cooperation
Ukraine and NATO have adopted a roadmap for defense-technical cooperation during 2018.
According to a post on the website of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, the document was signed within the framework of the next meeting of the joint Ukraine-NATO working group on defense-technical cooperation held in Odesa in late May.
As noted in the message, the new Ukraine-NATO road map contains a number of new tasks for the Ukrainian side: the development of joint national systems of standardization and codification in the defense sphere with NATO; cooperation in the field of ammunition storage safety; assistance in establishing links between defense enterprises of NATO and Ukraine. It also provides for the creation of a system of state guarantees for the quality of defense products and the participation of Ukraine's defense industry in the projects of NATO "Smart Defense" program.
The meeting participants discussed the prospects for the development of Ukraine-NATO defense-technical cooperation, the course of the Ukrainian defense industry reform, as well as the further development of public-private partnerships and the level of interaction under the NATO trust fund program in terms of achieving Ukraine's compatibility with the alliance in the military-technical sphere.
According to the assessments made during the meeting, the previous road map has been fully implemented by the Ukrainian side. The process of the Ukrainian defense industry's transition to NATO standards is continuing. In 2017, the defense industry adopted 41 alliance standards, in 2018 it is planned to implement 26 standards. An automated information system for the codification of supply items was also put into operation.
As reported, Ukraine and NATO stepped up the dialogue on cooperation in the defense industry in 2014. At the beginning of 2015, Kyiv announced plans to join the arms procurement system in force for the member countries. Ukraine also announced plans to ensure in 2020 the full transfer of its defense sector NATO standards. Until recently, cooperation in the framework of the import substitution program was considered one of the key areas of the Ukrainian Defense Industry Partnership with the member countries of the alliance.
According to the State Concern Ukroboronprom, to date about 40 enterprises participating in the state concern have access to the main NATO catalog of logistics (NATO Master Catalog of References for Logistics), and work has begun on certification of enterprises under the NATO standard AQAP (Allied Quality Assurance Publications) 2000 series.