US to sell 16 Mark VI Patrol Boats to Ukraine

18 June 2020 (Last Updated June 18th, 2020 14:19)

The US will sell 16 Mark VI Patrol Boats and related equipment to the Government of Ukraine after the possible sale, valued at $600m, was cleared by the State Department.

US to sell 16 Mark VI Patrol Boats to Ukraine
Mark VI patrol boat off the coast of San Diego. Credit: Chief Boatswain’s Mate Nelson Doromal Jr.

The US will sell 16 Mark VI Patrol Boats and related equipment to the Government of Ukraine after the possible sale, valued at $600m, was cleared by the State Department.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has also notified Congress of the possible foreign military sale.

Safe Boats International will be the prime contractor of the potential sale.

Overall, Ukraine has placed a request to purchase 16 Mark VI Patrol Boats, 32 MSI Seahawk A2 gun systems, 20 Electro-Optics-Infrared Radar (FLIR), 16 Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) 5km loudspeaker systems, 16 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems, and 40 MK44 cannons.

The purchase request also includes related communication equipment, support equipment, spare parts, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, logistics suppor, and personnel training.

The addition of the vessels will bolster the Ukrainian Navy’s patrolling capabilities and tackle current and future threats.

The Eastern European country plans to utilise the Mark VI Patrol Boats to defend its territorial waters and protect other maritime interests.

In a statement, DSCA said: “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.”

It also added that the sale will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

In April, the US State Department approved the potential foreign military sale of ten AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air launched missiles and related equipment to India.