The US will pass two Island patrol boats to Ukraine for free as the Ukrainian Naval Forces reported on Facebook.
At the moment, the work out of the contract on the receiving of the boats concludes.
‘We get the boats for free but their transportation, training of the crews and other related costs are paid by the state’, Ihor Voronchenko, the Vice Admiral and the Commander of Naval Forces claimed.
He also reported on ‘some difficulties’ in the legislative procedure of the pass of the boats.
‘It is the first case of such support from another country for the proper payment, therefore, some particular difficulties on its implementation within the acting legislation occurred at the legislative level but the issue was solved and the support will be implemented within the acting agreement between the governments of Ukraine and the US’, he noted.
It is also reported to the U.S. Defense Department on the readiness to receive the boats.
‘The message on the terms of the holding of the final conference on the work out of the points of the contract is expected from the US; it is planned to determine the final related costs connected with the pass of the boats and terms of the work’s performance within the conference’, the message said.
The process of the pass of the boats will begin after the signing of the contract. It includes the training of the crews that will serve on the Island patrol boats.
As it was reported earlier U.S. State Department approved possible sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles and launch units to Ukraine at the cost of $47 million, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon said in a statement on Thursday the proposed sale would not alter the military balance in the region.
Ukraine’s government has asked to buy 210 Javelin missiles and 37 Javelin Command Launch Units, the statement said. The prime contractor will be a joint venture of Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, it added.