Ukrainian Navy will be radically renewed by 2020 - Defense Ministry

Ukrainian Navy will be radically renewed by 2020 - Defense MinistryThe fleet of Ukrainian Navy will be radically renewed by 2020. Some combat ships and boards would be built, Ukraine's Defense Ministry has said on its website.

Head of the communications and media relations department of the ministry Oksana Havryliuk said that current the Armed Forces are revitalizing navy and its combat capabilities. The navy is ready to offer rebuff to armed aggression from the sea in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone.

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"The capabilities of the fleet are being boosted. Two small armored gunboats have been built for Ukrainian Navy. Four more are being made. The Defense Ministry signed a state contract with Leninska Kuznia shipyard to build two landing boats," she said at a briefing in the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center on Tuesday.

She said that the task to design new patrol aircraft An-148mp is being implemented, as the ministry had ordered.

"It could be handed to military for operation in 2019," Havryliuk said.
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