WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Kuwait has awarded Abu Dhabi Ship Building a $70.7 million contract to build eight patrol boats as the country moves to boost its maritime defense capabilities.
The order includes landing crafts and high-speed protection vessels. Khaleej Times reports the vessels will be used to protect Kuwait's territorial waters and maritime facilities.
"The vessels will have high-level requirements, making them globally competitive protection vessels, which will be built by using state-of-the-art multipurpose technologies and equipment," Kuwait's defense ministry said.
The National reports deliveries of the ships are expected to begin in under two years. ADSB CEO Khaled Al Mazrouei says his company's contract with the government of Kuwait demonstrates its commitment to growing regional capabilities.
"We are proud to be supplying vessels to the Kuwait Ministry of Defense and are grateful for the confidence that the State of Kuwait has given to us by awarding this contract," Mazrouei said.