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Ukraine leans on US to build military capability

17th July 2020 - 17:30 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St Petersburg


Ukraine continues to expand its armed forces with the help of the US, with the acquisition late last year of additional Javelin antitank missiles being a prime example. This was surpassed in value by a contract last month, which involved the sale of 16 Mark VI patrol boats to Ukraine for almost $600 million.

Unlike the two 1980s-vintage Island-class craft supplied by the US to Kiev previously, the Mark VIs are a much more modern design, with the type having only entered USN service in 2016.

Deliveries of initial Javelin missiles and launchers from the December 2019 contract took place

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Eugene Gerden


Eugene Gerden

Eugene Gerden is a Shephard correspondent based in St Petersburg.

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