Russian amphibious assault ship (UDC) of the project 23900 is a clone of the French helicopter carrier Mistral (“Mistral”), writes Forbes.
In a publication of the American magazine confirms that the project of the Russian ship “may sound familiar, especially the French.” “When you can’t buy it, steal it. This is the approach of Russia to acquire new amphibious ships, six years after France cancelled the sale [of Russia] universal vessels,” says Forbes.
According to the author, “the fact that Russia is planning to copy the design of the Mistral does not mean that it will succeed” because of the Russian shipbuilding industry in recent years “struggling trying to build a ship larger than a frigate”. Forbes notes that the experience of Russia with the Mistral could be useful to the country when creating your own ships, which will help supply the Russian military in Syria.
To such conclusions the publication of the United States come, citing the comment of the blog bmpd in LliveJournal dedicated to the contract signed in may between the defence Ministry and the Zaliv shipyard in Crimea, the contract for the construction of two UDC project 22390. In the post mentioned in particular that “the project looks like is largely a clone of the” Mistral, “with a similar architecture and dimensions, but a few large full displacement and capacity”.
In April, TASS reported, citing a source in the military-industrial complex, reported that in the Crimea the Zaliv shipyard will build two UDC for about 100 billion rubles.
In 2011 Russia agreed with France on the construction of two amphibious assault ships, helicopter carriers of the family Mistral (“Mistral”) total displacement of 21300 tons. A contract worth 1.2 billion euros due to the events in Ukraine and sanctions against Russia were severed in 2015. Subsequently, ships from France bought Egypt.
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