Russia’s USC Ready to Build Mistral-Class Ships for Defence Ministry
Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation will be able to build, if necessary, the Mistral-class helicopter carriers for the Russian Defence Ministry. This statement was made by USC President Aleksey Rakhmanov on Wednesday.
“We can work and know how to do this. The Baltic Shipyard has already manufactured two stern sections for the helicopter carriers which are assembled in France,” Mr. Rakhmanov said, adding that the hull construction makes only 25-30% of the helicopter carrier cost.
“I don’t see any special challenge here, because we are aware of what should be done. The possibility of making orders for two more Mistral-class ships is a question to the Defence Ministry,” the President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation concluded.
It’s worth mentioning 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.