The defense chief said the ministry last year launched "certain actions" toward creating an effective missile defense in Ukraine.
Defense Minister Andriy Taran allows for the possibility of purchasing an anti-missile system of the "Iron Dome" type, operated by Israel's army, the ministry's press service reported Wednesday.
The statement came during a joint visit with the Vice Prime Minister, Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine Oleh Urusky to PJSC AvtoKrAZ and PJSC Motor Sich in Zaporizhia.
Taran arrived at Motor Sich delivering an order allowing acceptance of metal rotor blades for Mi-24 helicopters to be supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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Mastering the technologies and development of metal rotor blades for Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters is an area of work of particular importance for Motor Sich as just a small number of countries own such technology, the minister said.
"Now the next stage is being implemented of mastering the full cycle of helicopter production, which will allow Ukraine to avoid any manufacturing dependence on Russia," Taran noted. "If we free ourselves from technological dependence on Russia, we will also free ourselves from the occupation."
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Speaking with journalists at the site, Taran said the Ministry of Defense last year began "certain actions" to create an effective anti-missile defense system in Ukraine.
The recent developments in Israel have shown the relevance of such a system.
The minister doesn't rule out the possibility of purchasing a system of the "Iron Dome", operated by Israel, type to ensure hi-end missile defense of Ukraine.
Iron Dome is a mobile all-weather air defense system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries. The system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) to 70 kilometers (43 miles) and whose trajectory would take them to an Israeli populated area.