The British shipbuilding company Babcock, which signed an agreement with Ukroboronprom for the construction of missile boats for the Ukrainian Navy, presented a project for a new boat. The model was shown during the DSEI-2021 exhibition in London.
So, the British have decided on a project for large missile boats for the Ukrainian Navy. At the exhibition in London, the Babcock group presented a model of a boat developed by the company's specialists based on the Protector 50 small patrol ship (50 - hull length in meters).
According to the bmpd blog, the boat will receive eight containerized anti-ship missiles, one vertical launcher for four short-range missiles, a short-range aft missile launcher, a 76-mm Leonardo Super Rapid artillery mount, and two machine gun mounts. Although another option is possible with the 57-mm artillery installation BAE Systems Bofors Mk 110 or 40-mm BAE Systems Bofors Mk 4, instead of the stern PU SAM, there is a small-caliber combat module or two types of light air defense systems.
So far, nothing has been reported about the timing of the construction of the boats, but earlier the Naval Forces of Ukraine stated that by 2024 the boats should already be part of the Ukrainian fleet.
As reported the day before, Babcock will be the main contractor in the implementation of the agreement with Ukraine in the field of strengthening the naval component. In addition to the construction of boats, the British must help with the construction of the corvette "Vladimir the Great" (presumably), as well as two naval bases in the Black and Azov Seas.