Defense Ministry plans to build about 30 warships, boats by 2020
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine plans to radically update the Naval Forces and build about 30 warships and boats by 2020, head of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Communications and Press Department Lt.Col. Oksana Havryliuk said on Tuesday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"In accordance with the provisions of strategic documents in the defense sector, the Armed Forces of Ukraine conduct measures to revive the Naval Forces and increase its combat capabilities. As of today, the Marines, coastal artillery and other Navy units are actively involved in the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and they are ready to repulse armed aggression from the sea. The build-up of naval capacity is underway. By order of the Defense Ministry, two small armored artillery boats were built for the Ukrainian Navy, while another four are in the manufacturing stage," she said.
Read alsoUkraine's navy two years after Russia's annexation of Crimea – Ukraine TodayIn addition, according to Havryliuk, the Ministry of Defense signed a government contract with JSC Leninska Kuznia Plant for the construction of two landing craft.
"The ministry plans to radically update the Naval Forces and build about 30 warships and boats by 2020. In addition, a new patrol aircraft An-148MP is being developed for the Naval Forces of Ukraine by the decision of the Defense Minister. It is expected to be built in 2019," Havryliuk said.