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First Russian Mistral-class Amphib Floated Out

Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:20 am

I believe this is the first Russian warship to be purchased and built outside of Russia or the former Eastern Bloc since World War II. This is a major upgrade for the Russians in terms of their amphibious assault capabilities:

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_1...French-town-of-Saint-Nazaire-4770/

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First Russian Mistral-class helicopter carrier launched in French town of Saint-Nazaire

The ceremony of launching of Russia's first helicopter carrier of the Mistral-class has taken place in the French town of Saint-Nazaire, according to the STX France, the company that assembled the ship's hull.

"The launch ceremony began at 10.45 am local time [12.45 am Moscow time]. It will last until noon," STX France press service said.

Several shipyards built Russia's first Mistral called Vladivostok.

STX France built the ship's hull and Russia's Baltiysky Zavod, which is a part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), built the ship's stern.

STX France and Baltiysky Zavod are building parts for the second Mistral-class helicopter carrier called Sevastopol.

Rosoboronexpert and France's DCSN signed a contract for two Mistral ships in June 2011.

The USC is subcontractor of STX France. The Mistral-class helicopter carrier is 199 meters long. Its beam is 32 meters and draft is 6.2 meters. The ship's standard displacement is 22,600 tonnes. A Mistral crew has 177 crewmembers. It can carry 481 passengers. The ship will carry Kamov Ka-52L helicopters. It may also be equipped with Russia's Serna and Dyugon landing vessels.
 
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RE: First Russian Mistral-class Amphib Floated Out

Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:33 am

I can't see two being enough, I'd be very surprised if the options aren't picked up.
 
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RE: First Russian Mistral-class Amphib Floated Out

Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:49 pm

Kamov Ka-52L, love that twin rotor !
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RE: First Russian Mistral-class Amphib Floated Out

Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:53 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 1):
I can't see two being enough, I'd be very surprised if the options aren't picked up.

It appears that some "technology transfer" was negotiated as part of the deal as the second two ships are to be built in Russia (from the link the OP provided):

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United Shipbuilding Corporation is involved in a deal as a contractor of a French builder of ships, STX France, situated in Saint-Nazaire. Two other ships of this class are to be built in Russia in accordance with the French technology.

Additionally with this current ongoing build, the stern was built by (in?) Russia:

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STX France built the ship's hull and Russia's Baltiysky Zavod, which is a part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), built the ship's stern.

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RE: First Russian Mistral-class Amphib Floated Out

Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:54 am

Quoting tugger (Reply 3):

It appears that some "technology transfer" was negotiated as part of the deal as the second two ships are to be built in Russia (from the link the OP provided):

The second two ships haven't been optioned to date, the shipyard on Kotlin Island where they are supposed to be built hasn't been started.
 
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RE: First Russian Mistral-class Amphib Floated Out

Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:37 am

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 4):
The second two ships haven't been optioned to date, the shipyard on Kotlin Island where they are supposed to be built hasn't been started.

Well that may be but obviously something was negotiated into the contract as part of the deal. Makes sense, the French get the immediate order and put their groups to work, but its the Russians money so if they decide to option further they too get something out of it (and the French do to of course as they will probably still building at their site and shipping to the Russian yard whatever is needed).

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