The Ukroboronprom state defense concern has set the Antonov state aircraft design and manufacturing enterprise’s new head Oleksandr Krivokon the task of developing unmanned aerial vehicles.

"The new head of the Antonov state enterprise should support the company's chosen area of development, ensure implementation of the marketing plan for manufacture of aircraft, accelerate Antonov’s entry onto the international market of unmanned aerial vehicles, and deepen international cooperation," Ukroboronprom said.

Krivokon has been appointed as the acting President of the Antonov state enterprise. He previously headed the Kharkiv aircraft plant, which is also part of Ukroboronprom.

Ukroboronprom recently published a forecast, according to which Antonov will produce at least 70 aircraft in the next five years.

As reported, the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council’s Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov announced in January 2017 that Antonov would start producing unmanned aerial vehicles.

In addition, according to reports, Poland could help the Ukrainian company to develop such aircraft.