US plans to supply modern combat boats to Ukraine

KYIV, (BM) – The United States plans to supply anti-artillery radars and combat patrol boats to Ukraine as part of assistance approved by the Congress, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing sources.

The Pentagon “informally” notified the country’s parliament of the supply of such weapons, CNN sources said, RIA Novosti reported.

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It is planned to spend half of the US $ 250 million allocated to Ukraine by USA.

It is noted that Washington will give Mark VI patrol boats to Kiev, such vessels will enter the arsenal of Ukraine for the first time. The number of boats is not reported.

The Mark VI is a class of patrol boat in service with the United States Navy, designed to patrol riverine and littoral waters. The first Mark VI boats were delivered to the Navy in September 2015, and the boat was deployed to Bahrain in April 2016.

The Mark VI is 84.8 ft (25.8 m) long, significantly longer than previous classes of Navy patrol boats. It has a crew of 10 sailors and can carry 8 additional personnel. The boats are fully networked with a command, control, communication and computing, surveillance and intelligence (C4SI) suite for enhanced situational awareness, survivability, and multi-mission support; which includes flat screen monitors mounted throughout the ship, including at the seats for commandos.

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Standard armament consists of two remote-controlled Mk 38 Mod 2 25 mm chain guns and six crewed M2 .50 caliber machine guns. Depending on mission needs, gun mounts can hold M240 machine guns, M134 miniguns, and Mk 19 grenade launchers. The Mark VI is equipped with the MK50 Gun Weapon System (GWS), a shipboard version of the vehicle-mounted M153 CROWS remote turret that enables crewmen to use its camera and gun from the operator’s station below deck.

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