Ukraine Defense Minister Guarantees $250 Million for Joint Rocket Effort

Ukraine's Cyclone rocket

Brazilian Ministry of Defense PR — On a visit to the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, Defense Minister of Ukraine, Mykhailo Yezhel Bronislavovych, said today that Ukraine is transferring its part of investment in Alcântara Cyclone Space (ACS), a binational company created to market business services from rocket and satellite Maranhão.

“We have the resources of U.S. $250 million to be invested from October. We are also open to transfer technology to a new satellite launcher, the Cyclone 5, which will be produced jointly with Brazil,” he said.

The Brazilian Defense Minister, Celso Amorim, said that ACS is a strategic project for Brazil.

“Most of the program is under the control of the Brazilian Space Agency, the Defense Ministry has only a small share, but the promised contribution is excellent news, which bodes well for technological cooperation between the two countries,” he said.

Mykhailo Bronislavovych Yezhel arrived at the building of the Brazilian Defense Ministry at 11:30. Minister Celso Amorim received him at the entrance. Then, in the Hall, presented it to the Chief of Joint Staff of the Armed Forces, General of the Army José Carlos De Nardi, and commander of the Navy, admiral of the fleet Julio Soares de Moura Neto, and Army, Army Major General Enzo Martins Peri.

The Ukrainian delegation included representatives of the largest defense companies in the country, such as the Antonov cargo aircraft manufacturer, and Ukrainian Agency for Shipyards, a holding company that controls the shipping industry, responsible for construction of all aircraft carriers and half of the surface fleet of the former Soviet Union.

During the bilateral meeting, the Ukrainian Minister proposed the manufacture of patrol vessels of 500 tons and emphasized the interest of his country to participate in the competition for construction in Brazil, five escort ships of 6,200 tons and five patrol ships of 1,800 tons.

Also raised possibilities of cooperation in the development of ground-ground missiles to 300 km range anti-aircraft and missile. Yezhel made ​​extensive reporting capabilities of the Ukrainian military industry in the area of tanks and aircraft in the field. He emphasized the qualities of the Antonov An-70 freighter, capable of carrying 38 tons and land on unprepared runways and short, and patrol aircraft Antonov An-168, with a range of 12 hours.

After extolling the opportunities offered by Cyclone 5 , Minister Amorim noted that Brazil has invested in a national project cargo plane, the KC-390, Embraer, the production of armored vehicles on wheels, Guarani, and a patrol vessel of 500 tons. At the same time, showed interest in the patrol aircraft and the possibility of cooperation with Ukraine to develop an aircraft carrier project.

“Our main interest is to get technology to develop domestic industry and has developed numerous projects,” said the Brazilian minister . “We can check with the Joint Chiefs of Armed Forces (EMCFA) and Forces Command, where there is complementarity in order to develop cooperation programs.”

Agreements

Brazil and Ukraine signed two framework agreements for cooperation and military-technological information security in October 2010 that are not yet ratified by Congress. They provide for several areas of joint action in the staging area in the fields of personnel and aircraft, aerospace, naval and land equipment.

According Yezhel, the Ministry of Defense has already deployed in their country working groups to study possible cooperation niches. Amorim promised to expedite the formation of groups in the Brazilian Defense Ministry, but said there is total interest in the area of training and exchange of staff.

“We can implement it even before the ratification of agreements by Congress,” he said.

Editor’s Note: Cyclone-5 would be a follow-on to the long-delayed Cyclone-4, a Ukrainian rocket which is now set for launch from Brazil’s Alcantara Launch Center in 2013.  This is the first reference I have ever heard to a Cyclone-5 project.