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UK unveils 10-year maritime defense plan for Ukraine

19 December, 2023 Tuesday
16:50

Britain set to announce comprehensive maritime security support for Ukraine, covering naval assets, financial aid, and intelligence sharing as part of a decade-long initiative to bolster defense capabilities

Defense Express writes about this.

In the coming days, the United Kingdom will announce its commitment to strengthening Ukraine's maritime security over the next decade. This initiative, part of a broader 10-year defense strengthening plan, is outlined in a memorandum focusing on military aid, financial assistance, and intelligence cooperation, according to sources cited by the British Telegraph.

The long-term support pledged includes guarantees of assistance in case of renewed Russian aggression. This commitment aligns with the G7's overarching promise of sustained backing for Ukraine's defense capabilities, agreed upon during the NATO summit in Vilnius earlier this year.

While specific weapon details remain undisclosed, insiders suggest a comprehensive supply of ground and air assets aimed at making Ukraine's Armed Forces operationally compatible with NATO. The Interflex program, designed to train Ukrainian military personnel, is set to continue.

The Telegraph highlights that the UK's program, along with broader G7 commitments, serves as an alternative to Ukraine's NATO accession. Negotiation insiders hint that Ukraine is expected to receive weapons worth a total of 20 billion euros over the next four years from the seven G7 countries.

Efforts are directed at enhancing collaboration between Western and Ukrainian defense industries, enabling Ukraine to manufacture weapons according to NATO standards. Additionally, intelligence sharing and funding for demining efforts post-conflict are part of the package.

It's noteworthy that the UK has previously provided direct naval support to Ukraine. In 2021, London transferred two Sandown-class trawlers, later restored and incorporated into the Ukrainian Navy. This move was part of a maritime partnership memorandum signed in June 2022, which also included the order of six rocket launchers.

Last year, three British Sea King helicopters were added to Ukraine's arsenal, repurposed for search and rescue operations. Considering the scope of the new 10-year program, the volume of weaponry to be transferred is expected to be more substantial, marking a significant stride in bilateral defense cooperation.

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