France to Float out Second Russian Mistral This Year
France will float out the second Mistral-class helicopter carrier being built for the Russian Navy in 2014. This was stated by Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yury Borisov on Wednesday.
“The work on the second warship is being performed according to schedule. It will be floated out this year,” Mr. Borisov said, adding that the French Government did not issue any official notifications to Russia on severing an agreement to supply Mistral-class helicopter carriers.
“It’s important for us to receive the first ships now and consider the practical benefits. Only then it’ll be possible to decide on the third and fourth ships. At this phase, we have a contract for the first two ones and we’ll wait and see then,” Mr. Borisov announced.
It should be noted that DCNS and Rosoboronexport signed a €1.2 billion contract for two Mistral-class helicopter carriers in 2011. The first carrier, the Vladivostok, is expected to enter service with the Russian Navy in 2014. The second ship, the Sevastopol, should arrive in 2015.