The Ukrainian fleet will receive combat boats similar to the Russian "Raptor"


The US Department of State authorized the sale to Kiev of 16 Mark VI small combat boats, as well as other weapons, related equipment and the provision of services totaling $ 600 million, according to an official statement by the US Military Cooperation and Security Agency.


It is noted that Ukraine before this sent a request to the United States for the purchase of a large number of products. The list includes: 16 Mark VI patrol boats; 32 MSI Seahawk A2 firing systems (remote-controlled machine guns); 20 optoelectronic and infrared radars; 40 units of 30-mm Mark 44 artillery mounts (Mk. 44 Bushmaster II), 32 of which are for direct installation, and 8 must remain in stock; 16 recognition systems "friend or foe"; other components and equipment, as well as maintenance services for these boats.

Now Kiev has to wait for approval from the US Congress and the deal will be finalized. The contractor is SAFE Boats International, Bremerton, WA.

The US agency explained that this decision was dictated by the interests of US national security. So Washington Supportspolitical stability and economic progress ”in Europe. It is specified that this will not upset the balance of forces in the region, and the Ukrainian side needs all of the above to "protect territorial waters and interests at sea."

Thus, there is a high probability that the Ukrainian fleet in the future will be replenished with retrofitted combat boats, similar to the Russian Raptor. However, there are doubts that Ukraine will then cease to escalate tensions and try to destabilize the situation. One dangerous incident in the Kerch Strait involving the Ukrainian Navy was already in 2018.
  • Photos used: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey Adams / wikimedia.org
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  2. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 18 June 2020 22: 47
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    The Ukrainian fleet will receive combat boats similar to the Russian "Raptor"

    Well, what to do. We will see how and how they threaten our interests in the region .. Our, God forbid, borders. Watch!
    1. Dear sofa expert. 19 June 2020 00: 12
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      Well, what to do. We will see how and how they threaten our interests in the region .. Our, God forbid, borders. Watch!

      - For victory! - said Muller
      “For OUR victory,” said Stirlitz.
      1. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
        Observer2014 19 June 2020 00: 14
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        Quote: Dear couch expert.
        Well, what to do. We will see how and how they threaten our interests in the region .. Our, God forbid, borders. Watch!

        - For victory! - said Muller
        “For OUR victory,” said Stirlitz.

        Aha - Alyosha the Burned confirmed. laughing Where are you and where is Stirlitz?
        1. Dear sofa expert. 19 June 2020 00: 45
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          Where are you and where is Stirlitz?

          Yes, I may not be Stirlitz. But it's more about you (Muller).
  3. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 19 June 2020 09: 17
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    And once in Ukraine they built both boats and ships themselves ...
  4. King3214 Offline King3214
    King3214 (Sergius) 19 June 2020 14: 57
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    Here is another market for the United States.