Disinfo: US sells useless and defective arms to its partners


The United States sells off obsolete patrol boats to its partners. For instance, Island class patrol boats given to Ukraine, are defective and useless. The cost for these useless boats for the Ukrainian budget was 10 million USD, 5 for each.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the useless US military technique. Consistent with the narrative that the Western support to Ukraine or Georgia is only a facade.

Island class boats are modern patrol boats, which replaced Cape and Point class patrol boats and are successfully operating under the U.S. Coast Guard. Island class cutters are equipped with advanced electronics and navigation equipment.

Within the framework of the EDA program, the United States handed over several 110-foot Island class patrol boats to the Navies of its partner countries, including Georgia and Ukraine. In fact, Ukraine agreed to take delivery of two U.S. Island class patrol boats as free military aid from the United States. The US Excess Defense Articles Program states that this type of equipment may be offered "at reduced or no cost to eligible foreign recipients".

Read a similar disinformation case on Island boats here. The disinformation narrative as if the US handed defective Javelin missiles to Ukraine is available here. Further debunks on Georgia by Myth Detector are available here and here.


  • Reported in: Issue 174
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Military


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