The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine plans to present to the government a project for the production of 20 border boats on Ukrainian production facilities in collaboration with a French company in 2019 for the protection of maritime borders of the country. Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov claimed this, as Interfax-Ukraine reports.
‘Our ship parks have not been refreshed for decades! Therefore, in 2019, we will offer the government a project similar to a helicopter one, in order to radically solve the issue of the presence of our border ships,’ he claimed.
Total plans to order 20 boats of 32-35 meters.
‘They will be manufactured at one of our plants in cooperation with one of the leading French companies with a high degree of localization of the project in Ukraine,’ Avakov noted.
As we reported, the Island-class patrol boat, which the U.S. promised to provide Ukraine with, should arrive in July 2019.
‘They must be in Ukraine in July. The crews are getting prepared, we agreed on the procedure for complete equipping these ships and the procedure for joint training at the base in Baltimore,’ Ukraine’s Navy reported.