Czech and European news outlets reported that the current crisis unfolding between Ukraine and Russia is forcing a company that produces Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to halt their branch in the latter country. The company in question is the Czechia based Primoco UAV, which has business manufacturing drones. With Czechia being a NATO and EU member, as the crisis began, the company has faced several challenges in Russia and decided to shut down its operations at the end of January. As of now, Primoco UAV is still in business but not in Russia. After the halt, their Russian subsidiary AO Primoco BPLA was sold to Russian buyers.
NATO member Turkey and its Black Sea ally Ukraine have agreed to coproduce Turkish-made military drones at a production site in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Defence Minister Olesii Reznikov has recently made public the bilateral agreement between Turkey and Ukraine in the military defence industry.
On 30 November, the chief Eurodrone engineer for Airbus Defence and Space announced that the launching of the Eurodrone construction was imminent as the project was only missing Spain’s signature. Enshrined in PESCO projects, the appellation “Eurodrone” refers to Europe’s premier unmanned aerial system programme, a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted aircraft system.
On 21 November, the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces purchased Israel’s Skylock Dome Anti-Drone Air Defence System, according to a post on the Army’s official Facebook page. This acquisition aims at bolstering Moroccan defence capabilities against enemy drones since the system can detect, verify, and eliminate potential threats posed by unauthorised drones.
Since 2004, the European Union (EU) policy towards the Eastern neighbourhood countries has been dominated by the European Commission through the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). (Gänzle, 2008, 6) Article 8…