The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of up to 16 Mark VI Patrol Boats and related equipment to Ukraine, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.
The sale, with an estimated cost of $600 million, is being executed through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The DSCA, which oversees FMS sales, delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on June 17.
According to DSCA, the Government of Ukraine has earlier requested to buy up to 16 Mark VI Patrol Boats; 32 MSI Seahawk A2 gun systems; 20 Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) systems (16 installed and 4 spares); 16 Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) 5km loudspeaker systems; 16 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems; and 40 MK44 Bushmaster II 30mm cannons (32 installed and 8 spares).
Also included in the sale are communication equipment; support equipment; spare and repair parts; tools and test equipment; technical data and publications; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics support.
The prime contractor of the possible sale is SAFE Boats International in Bremerton, WA.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a partner country that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe”, said the DSCA statement.
“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,” the statement added.
Mark VI Patrol Boat (U.S. Navy)
The Mark VI is a class of patrol boat in service with the U.S. Navy, designed to patrol riverine and littoral waters. The boats are built by SAFE Boats International.
The primary mission of Mark VI Patrol Boats is to provide capability to persistently patrol littoral areas beyond sheltered harbors and bays for the purpose of force protection of friendly and coalition forces and critical infrastructure. These missions include: security force assistance (SFA); high value unit (HVU) shipping escort; visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) operations; and theater security cooperation (TSC).
+ Propulsion: Installed Power: 5,200 HP – 2 x MTU 16V2000 M94 and 2 x Hamilton HM651 Water Jets
+ Length: LOA: 84.8′
+ Beam: 20.5′
+ Displacement: 170,000 lbs (full load displacement)
+ Draft: less than 5 ft
+ Speed: Cruise: 25+ Knots; Sprint: 35+ Knots
+ Range: 600+ Nautical Miles
+ Crew: 2 Crews, 5 Personnel each, plus 8 Person Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Team (18 Total)
+ Armament: MK 50 (.50 cal) Gun Weapon System (Qty 4); MK 38 Mod 2 (25 mm) Gun Weapon System (Qty 2); MK 44 Machine Gun System; Multiple Crew Served Weapon & Long Range Acoustic Hailing Device (Qty 6)