for Russia: the third and fourth LHD will be built in Sevmach shipyard,
hulls of the third and fourth Mistral type French helicopter carrier,
command and landing ship purchased by Russia will be built by Russian
shipyard Sevmach in Severodvinsk (north), announced Wednesday the Russian
Minister of Defense Serdyukov Alexander.
"It's the French shipbuilder to decide where to start preparations
for the construction of the ships. . Sevmach plant is the best candidate,
it will be easier and shorter" said the minister in an interview
with Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper to published on Thursday.
The CEO of
the Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Issaïkine said
in September that third and fourth vessels would be manufactured 80%
in Russia and 20% in France.
class used by the French Navy and soon by the Russian Navy
(picture: French Navy)
Russia and France should first agree on the price, Moscow wishes to
acquire the third and fourth vessels Mistral type at a reduced price,
according to Minister Serdyukov.
The first two ships of this class for the Russian Navy will be built
in France for 1.2 billion euros. Under a contract signed last June with
French shipbluider DCNS, the first ship will be delivered in 2014 and
2015 for the the second. In early December, the French company DCNS
announced that it had received a deposit and was ready to start construction.
With a length of 199 meters, a displacement of 22,000 tons and a speed
exceeding 18 knots, projection and command vessel Mistral is capable
of carrying six helicopters, four landing barges and two air cushion
ships of low
tonnage. Russia plans to deploy eight Ka-52K
and eight Ka-29
helicopters. The ship can carry, in addition to its 160
crew members, a commando of 450 men.