Zelensky to headline U.S. defense industry conference

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address U.S. defense contractors later this month when he headlines the annual Future Force Capabilities Conference and Expo hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

Zelensky is scheduled to speak at the September 21 event, according to the event schedule available on the NDIA website. Oleksii Reznikov, Ukrainian Defense Minister, is also due to speak that day.

News of the sightings was first reported by Reuters, which noted officials would speak via video link. Zelensky is expected to ask for more weapons for his country during his speech, the outlet added.

News of the Ukrainian president’s speech to the NDIA – whose members include defense industry giants like Raytheon Technologies, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics – comes as Kyiv seeks to repel the Russian invasion as it drags on in its sixth month.

Eight defense contractors – including Raytheon, Lockheed and General Dynamics – attended a meeting at the Pentagon in April to discuss how the United States could ramp up production to help Ukraine fend off Moscow’s war .

The United States has committed $15.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the start of the Biden administration, including $14.5 billion since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 .

On Thursday, the United States unveiled a $675 million weapons package to Ukraine, including additional high-mobility artillery rocket systems, additional high-velocity anti-radiation missiles and more than 5,000 anti-armour systems, among other equipment.

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