The announcement from the Canadian Ministry of National Defense detailed that this military aid package, valued at approximately $14.5 million, is designed to enhance various maritime operations in Ukraine, including search and rescue, troop and cargo transport, as well as surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
Each of the rigid-hull inflatable boats will be outfitted with advanced detection, navigation, and communication systems. In addition to supplying these boats, Canada will provide training for Ukrainian operators on how to effectively use these vessels, and will supply spare parts as well. The delivery of the boats and completion of the training are expected by the end of spring 2024.
Furthermore, starting in February 2024, Canada, in collaboration with Denmark and France, will participate in the F-16 coalition to assist in training Ukrainian pilots. This initiative includes the provision of civilian instructors, aircraft, and support personnel and will extend into 2025.
The Canadian Armed Forces will also offer English language courses to members of the Ukrainian Air Force at their language school, facilitating communication and collaboration in international military contexts.
Canada's ongoing support for Ukraine has been evident since the onset of the full-scale invasion, with various initiatives aimed at bolstering Ukraine's defense and operational capabilities. This includes previous contributions like the provision of a new robotic demining complex, DIGITAL VANGUARD–S, to Mykolaiv pyrotechnics in November of the previous year, which significantly enhances safety and efficiency in demining operations.