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Corvette Ada for the Ukrainian Navy has already been laid, British missile boats are on the way: the pace of renewal of the Ukrainian fleet has been announced
The Ukrainian Navy will start receiving new ships, boats and strike UAVs over the next few yearsUkraine's navy can indeed increase its combat capability dramatically in the coming years thanks to new Ada corvettes, British missile and American patrol boats and Bayraktar TB2 reconnaissance UAVs.
Plans indicating the timing of such an update were announced by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during ceremonial events on the occasion of the Day of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In particular, it became known that the first Ada - class corvette for the Ukrainian Navy has already been laid at the Turkish shipyard. According to the previously announced plans, it is being built according to the 50/50 formula and will be completed in Ukraine. The readiness of the first ship is set at the end of 2023.
We will remind that earlier Defense Express exclusively reported about details of equipment of this corvette with the weapon and other systems.
It was also announced that the operators of Bayraktar TB2 strike reconnaissance UAVs are already completing training. As reported in February, the Navy will receive drones by the end of 2021 .
"We expect to receive modern and efficient Bayraktar TB2 UAVs soon. Ukrainian crews are already completing training in Turkey. Our Turkish friends are actively supporting the development of the Navy's fleet. year ", - the president of Ukraine reported.
As for American patrol boats, at least three upgraded in the US Island are expected to be received in the near future. Obviously we are talking about P192 "Sumy", P193 "Fastiv" and WPB-1336. In contrast to the previously received P190 "Slavyansk" and P191 "Starobilsk", which "came" without weapons, these three boats will receive American combat modules with automatic 30-mm guns.
Also called the date of receipt of boats Mark VI, but without specifying the number. However, it should be recalled that in March this year it was reported that two boats of this type were received as part of a package of assistance from the United States.
"It is expected that at least three more Island boats, which are being modernized in the United States, will be replenished. Next year, the American side will start handing over Mark VI boats," Volodymyr Zelensky said.
At the same time , no clear deadlines have been announced for the 8 units of British missile boats to be built on a $ 1.6 billion loan. As well as the deadline for receiving two Sandown minesweepers , which will be withdrawn from the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom and will be repaired and upgraded before being transferred to the Navy.
"The memorandum of cooperation between Ukraine and the United Kingdom signed in 2020 will be replenished with concrete measures. In the short term, our fleet will be replenished with minesweepers and modern missile boats," Zelensky said.
According to him, the infrastructure of the Ukrainian Navy is also being actively developed. We are talking about the Vostok base in Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov and the base of patrol boats on the Black Sea in the Pivdenny port.
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