Russia and France to Sign Transfer Act for First Mistral
Russia and France are likely to sign an act on transferring the first French-built Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia in late October or early November. This came in a statement by Deputy Director General of Rosoboronexport Igor Sevastyanov.
“If France fulfills its obligations, the transfer act will be signed in late October or early November,” Mr. Sevastyanov said, noting that the act should be signed at the production site.
Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov earlier said that the delivery of the Mistral helicopter carriers was expected as scheduled.
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. The completion of the deal was at risk after Western countries imposed sanctions against Russia. However, DCNS said it would fulfill its obligations and deliver the ships as agreed.