"We will install modern weapons": Ukraine decided to modernize the boats supplied from the USA Island
In Ukraine, it was decided to modernize the decommissioned Island class boats received from the United States. Let us recall that at one time a real "epic" unfolded in the transfer of these boats to Kiev. The fact is that Island could not get to Ukraine from the United States on their own, by definition, and it was extremely expensive to transport them by other ships. As a result, everything that could be removed was removed from the boats, and more than a year after the agreement was concluded, they still ended up in Ukraine. Then Kiev presented it as "real support from the American partners."
Now the Ukrainian Navy was faced with the question of in what format the American used "Islands" to use. Having problems with which weapon must be placed on board. So far, as a "temporary solution", they have installed 25-mm cannons. It is these weapons that have appeared on the P190 "Slavyansk" and P191 "Starobelsk" for some time now.
Now, as it became known, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has ordered the implementation of a project to re-equip American-made boats. The project provides for the installation of "modern weapons" on boats.
There is no official talk about specific weapons options in Ukraine. However, according to experts, they will try to install missile weapons on the "Islands". As indicated, it can be effectively used on the high seas in high seas, since the boats have "decent seaworthiness."
Ukrainian Survey of US-Sourced Used Islands (2019):
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