US approves sale of 16 Mark VI boats and related equipment worth $600 million to Ukraine

US approves sale of 16 Mark VI boats and related equipment worth $600 million to Ukraine

18.06.2020 09:47

The U.S. State Department has conducted the necessary procedures to approve the sale of up to sixteen Mark VI Patrol Boats and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600 million to Ukraine.

“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Ukraine of up to sixteen (16) Mark VI Patrol Boats and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600 million,” the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Wednesday.

As noted, the Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

“The Government of Ukraine has requested to buy up to sixteen (16) Mark VI Patrol Boats; thirty-two (32) MSI Seahawk A2 gun systems; twenty (20) Electro-Optics-Infrared Radar (FLIR) (16 installed and 4 spares); sixteen (16) Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) 5km loudspeaker systems; sixteen (16) Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems; forty (40) MK44 cannons (32 installed and 8 spares); communication equipment; support equipment; spare and repair parts; tools and test equipment; technical data and publications; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics support,” the statement reads.

It is underscored that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a partner country that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.

“The proposed sale will improve Ukraine’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing a modern, fast, short-range vessel.  Ukraine will utilize the vessels to better defend its territorial waters and protect other maritime interests.  Ukraine will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency emphasizes.

(C)UKRINFORM 2020

2 comments

  • onlyfactsplease

    So far so good…
    But, if the television clown keeps acting like a mafia puppet, the aid might very well dry-up.

    Liked by 2 people

  • These are some very capable boats that are better suited for coastal patrolling than the Gurza-M Ukraine is using. Plus they can be readily up gunned.
    According to The War Zone website:

    “The general aluminum-hulled design of the Mk VI also offers room for the insertion of additional weapons and other capabilities in the future. The Navy has discussed possibly adding launchers for the small AGM-176 Griffin missile, among other similarly sized precision-guided weapons. Lockheed Martin has even proposed a launcher system for the boats with four AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM).”

    The LRASM is US’ latest anti ship missile. It may be a while before Ukraine can buy them. However if the boats can support the LRASM they can take smaller missiles such as Harpoon or possible Neptune.
    However 600 million is a lot of money. Ukraine could start work on their much delayed corvette or buy and two refurbish Perry class frigates for that kind of cash. The Perry’s armament is obsolete but the Turks have developed and upgrade package that includes an 8 cell Mk-41 Vertical launcher that can use SM-2 Harpoons. even Evolved Sea sparrow missiles. the upgrade also includes a new air search radar and combat control system. The upgraded ships are inessence pocket destroyers.
    If Ukraine needs a deterrence then these ships would be far better suited than a gaggle of patrol boats.

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