Washington builder awarded US$89.7 million contract for six patrol boats for Ukraine
SAFE Boats International of Bremerton, Washington, has been awarded an US$89,717,984 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract for design, construction, outfitting, reactivation, and training for six Mk VI patrol boats with an option for two additional vessels.
The contract will provide Mk VI patrol boats to the Ukrainian Navy via a US State Department-approved agreement utilising Building Partner Capacity (BPC) and Foreign Military Financing (FMF) funds. Final delivery on the contract is slated for March 2025, or March 2026 if the option is exercised.
Each patrol boat will have a length of 85 feet (25 metres), a draught of 4.5 feet (1.3 metres), two MTU 16V2000 diesel engines, and two Hamilton waterjets. The propulsion can enable each boat to reach a cruising speed of just over 25 knots, a sprint speed of 35 knots, and a range of over 600 nautical miles.