The Ukrainian Defense Ministry plans to build about 30 warships and boats by 2020.
"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," head of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Communications and Press Department Lt.Col. Oksana Havryliuk was quoted as saying to UNIAN Tuesday.
“The Ministry of Defense signed a government contract with JSC Leninska Kuznia Plant for the construction of two landing craft,” Oksana said.
"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," she said.
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