Russian Ka-31 and Ka-52 helicopter of the French finalizing
Russia and France to sign a contract for the purchase of four helicopter landing of the "Mistral" in the near future, the details agreed upon, according to "Izvestia" a source in the "Rosoboronexport".
The exact date and place of signing the document, he did not name, but did not rule out that this could happen during the Airshow "Le Bourget 2011" (one day salon — June 21 — will be in the French capital, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin), or slightly later — at the naval show in St. Petersburg. A government source, between the subject, has said that during his visit to France agreements "Mistral" will not be signed.
Agreement on the "Mistral" for a total amount of 1.2 billion euros suggests that Moscow will ship 4. The two will be built in France, two more — in Russian shipyards with French technology.
According to "News" in the Ministry of Defence, it is expected that on the day the contract is signed Le Bourget visit and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov — the main customer of the French ships.
Helicopter type "Mistral" are positioned as the ships' strategic force projection. " They do not have their own weapons, and their main task is to delivery to the battle a large number of military personnel and equipment as well as providing them with a drop-off landing craft and helicopters. In parallel, the "Mistral" is able to co-ordinate the operation due to the powerful reconnaissance and command and control.
For its size in the Russian Navy, he is second only aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov". But on the possibilities to give odds to anyone. For example, the French helicopter is able to accommodate mechanized (or tank) regiment with reinforcements: 60 light armored vehicles or 13 tanks, "Leclerc". In addition, it can deliver anywhere in the world 450 Marines. And his main tactical advantage — the ability to make a landing at any unequipped coast, even without going to the bank for that on board can be placed 20 transport or attack helicopters, and the hold-dock "hidden" four hovercraft.
— One of the problems until recently, agitated the experts was that we were not quite sure whether France would agree to sell the ship with its combat management systems SENIT-9 as well as a lack of understanding of what the helicopters will be based on a ship — told "Izvestia" head of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Ruslan Pukhov.
Against delivery SENIT were French soldiers, who declared that a national treasure that under no circumstances can not be transferred to someone. It talks about the system, according to some, a career worth zamglavkoma Navy Armaments Nikolay Borisov, who during one of the stages of the negotiations signed the "wrong protocols." As a result, Moscow risked "Mistral" "empty."
And, until recently it was not clear, and on another issue — what helicopters sit on the deck of the ship. In November last year, during a visit to "Mistral" in St. Petersburg, on the deck of his Russian helicopters were planted in two types: multi-purpose Ka-31 and Ka-52 strike. It was found that the Ka-31 does not pass through the opening height of the hold helicopter and the Ka-52 helicopter to base on "Mistral" is necessary to make folding blade. Also, in the interest of considering the issue of border troops home by ship Ka-226T.
The holding "Helicopters of Russia" to "News" said that these issues have not been fully resolved, but assured that the ship could provide the necessary number of helicopters.
The emergence of the Russian Navy's lead ship of the "Mistral" is expected no earlier than one year from the date of signing the contract. The first ship will go to the Far East. In any case, the Defense Ministry has already held there to explore the possibility of basing the ships of this type. There, in the Far Eastern Military District, formed the first squadron of attack helicopters Ka-52 pilots which are already undergoing training at the Center for the deployment and retraining pilots of army aviation in Torzhok.