United States Department of State, approved Mark VI Patrol Boat with Ukraine via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channel, at an estimated cost of $600 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) gave the necessary certificate reporting to Congress this sale on June 17.
Contract with an estimated cost of $600 million (estimated costs reported by DSCA indicate maximum, contract costs generally lower);
- Mark VI Patrol Boats (16),
- MSI Seahawk A2 gun systems (32),
- Electro-Optics-Infrared Radar (FLIR) (16 installed and 4 spares),
- Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) 5km loudspeaker systems (16),
- Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems (16),
- MK44 cannons (32 installed and 8 spares),
It includes training, documents, support and testing equipment, US government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related aspects of logistics and program support.
After the approved sales request Ukraine will be able to sign contracts with SAFE Boats International company.
DSCA; “The proposed sale will improve Ukraine’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing a modern, fast, short-range vessel. Ukraine will utilize the vessels to better defend its territorial waters and protect other maritime interests” says.
Mark VI Patrol Boat
The Mk VI PB is the U.S. Navy’s next generation Patrol Boat and is a part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s (NECC) fleet of combatant craft. The Mk VI PB’s mission is to provide operational commanders a capability to patrol shallow littoral areas beyond sheltered harbors and bays and into less sheltered open water for the purpose of force protection of friendly and coalition forces and critical infrastructure. The 85-foot Mk VI PB is designed for optimal performance, fuel economy, and firepower. Systems are designed to reduce Total Ownership Cost (TOC), minimize manpower and improve reliability and maintainability. Powered by twin diesel engines and water jets, the Mk VI PB is capable of speeds in excess 30 knots at full load and a range in excess of 600 nautical miles. She has berthing accommodations, galley and head/shower facilities to allow for extended missions. Additionally, the boat can be outfitted with ballistic protection and armed with a variety of crew served and remotely operated weapons