Sevmash will build a Mistral

The second two helicopter carriers "Mistral" will be built at Sevmash. The construction of the first two ships of this type for the Russian Navy will soon begin in France.
The third and fourth helicopter of the "Mistral", most likely, will be built at Sevmash in Severodvinsk, told Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, according to RIA Novosti.

"The French will determine where it is easier and faster to prepare the production. Most likely, it will be on the "Sevmash" — said the head of the Russian Defense Ministry in the interview to "Rossiyskaya Gazeta", to be published on Thursday.

Shells third and fourth "Mistral" will be built in Russia. As specified in the September general director of Rosoboronexport Anatoly Isaikin, the second pair of ships of this type by 80% will be made in Russia and 20% — in France.

The first two versatile helicopter "Mistral" for the Russian Navy will be built in France — a contract of 1.2 billion euros sides signed in June this year. It is planned that the first ship will be delivered to Russia in 2014, the second — in 2015. The French state company DCNS naval shipbuilding had previously reported that it had received an advance, and begins construction of the first helicopter carrier for Russia.

At least one of the "Mistral" will be in the Northern Fleet

Universal helicopter carrier "Mistral" displacement of 21,000 tons and a maximum hull length of 210 meters is capable of speeds over 18 knots. Range — up to 20,000 miles. Number of crew — 160 people, in addition helicopter can carry 450 people. Intended use in offensive operations for the assault, combat forces and transfer of funds of attacks from the air using helicopter gunships to support ground operations available on board the armored vehicles. Each ship can carry four landing ship, 70 armored vehicles, including 13 tanks. Air group includes 16 helicopters, six of which can be simultaneously placed on the flight deck. On these ships is planned to place eight Ka-52K and eight Ka-29.

The Russian-French contract to build the "Mistral" was the first large-scale military-industrial deal between Russia and NATO countries.

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