The first missile boats for the Ukrainian fleet will be built in Scotland
Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC) missile boats for Ukraine will be built at the Babcock Rosyth shipyard in Scotland.
This was reported by the British publication Navy Lookout with reference to its own sources.
According to the publication, Scottish shipbuilders will build a main boat and possibly a second unit. Production of the other six will be launched in Ukraine.
Initially, it was planned that the boat project would be developed on the basis of Barzan-class ships designed by Vosper Thornycroft, but later this idea was abandoned, focusing on another project – Protector.
For Ukraine, under the agreement with the United Kingdom, eight FIACs will be built on the basis of a modified and updated 50-meter Protector structure (P50-U).
The ships will be equipped with equipment of British and Ukrainian production, as well as production of other countries.
Most likely, they will be armed with small and medium-caliber artillery units, eight anti-ship missiles with a container launch and a light anti-aircraft missile system.
The tonnage of the boats will be 500-600 tons.
In addition to the FIAC project, Babcock has a contract to upgrade the coastal facilities of the Ukrainian Navy and repair two RN minesweepers (formerly HMS Ramsey and Blyth) before handing them over to the Ukrainian Navy.
HMS Ramsey served the Royal Navy for 21 years, traveling 175,000 miles at sea, and HMS Blyth covered 185,000 miles in 20 years.
The works will be carried out in accordance with the Memorandum on the implementation of maritime partnership projects, which was signed on August 21 in Odessa.
They will be financed by a loan of 1.25 billion pounds, provided by Britain to Ukraine.
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