Cooperation agreement to establish aerial vehicle workshop in Uganda signed 

(Last Updated On: 29 November 2023)

Nakasongola | The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempjjja together with the Executive President of Norinco, Yang Xiaoqing commissioned a Joint Research and Innovation Centre, Anfo production line for Kyoga Dynamics and groundbreaking of a comprehensive unmanned aerial vehicle workshop in Nakasongola.

The above follows the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs and Norinco

Ssempijja thanked the delegation from Norinco for their willingness to share knowledge in building the defence capacity of Uganda, adding that research and innovation are key in the development of Uganda’s defence capacity.

The Minister commended the partnership between the Ministry of Defence/UPDF and Norinco over the years as key in the establishment of Kyoga Dynamics, a Joint Venture between National Enterprise Corporation and Norinco

Yang Xiaoqing in remarks said that these events marked a milestone in the history of the cooperation between Uganda and Norinco.

“In six months, a workshop dedicated to the final assembly, testing, maintenance and training of UAVs will rise up here and will be a turning point for Uganda’s takeoff of UAV industry, a new important field for defence modernization,” Yang said.

He added that this cooperation will effectively enhance Uganda’s military capabilities, create social values, drive economic development and elevate Uganda’s International influence.

The Chief of Defence Forces, General Wilson Mbadi in his remarks said that partnership with Norinco in the expansion of the facilities is a demonstration of the ever-growing relationship between the Republic of Uganda and the People’s Republic of China.

“As two cooperative sides, we have made major breakthroughs in the theme of developing and modernising our forces to create internal effectiveness and efficiency that has well been tested internally and in the region,” Gen Mbadi said.

He commended Norinco for their commitment and speed towards developing and setting up the facilities which will go a long way in creating capacity for the UPDF.

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