France has denied Chinese media reports of possible sale of Mistral destroyers (meant for Russia) to China, Local media reported.
“The French Navy is on a visit to Shanghai between May 9-15 and it may try to sell its Mistral-class assault ships to China,” WantChinaTimes website quoted Duowei News as reporting.
The French task force visiting China consists of two warships that include a Mistral class Dixmude assault ship and an Aconit, a La Fayette class frigate.
“However, if Paris wants to actually find a buyer, China is not the only option. Portugal, the Netherlands, Australia or even Argentina can be potential clients. But other countries including India, Egypt and Canada are too regularly discussed,” French admiral Alain Coldefy said in an interview with Russian news Agency Sputnik.
The French defense ministry when questioned by Les Echoes reminded the news daily about an embargo on arms sales to China.
France is unlikely to commission the two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships (Vladivostok and Sevastopol) to Russia but will instead look for international buyers after refunding Moscow for the cost of the ships. India, China and Brazil have been cited as possible buyers for the two ships
Moscow has welcomed French President François Hollandes statement that his government will reimburse Russia if negotiations fail between the two nations over delivery of two Mistral Warships; Ria Novosti reported today quoting a diplomatic source as saying. "If the boats are not delivered, then I don't see how they could be paid for," Hollande told journalists after meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday
Mistral Detection has provided DNS300 Sonar advanced sonar system to an unnamed Latin American country Navy to assist with underwater search and rescue missions. The company announced in its press release on Monday that it will also provide DNS 300 NAV Navigation System to the police of another South American country to help maintain security during a major event
A final decision regarding the fate of the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers that France has to deliver to the Russian Navy can be expected by May, Rosoboronexport General Director Anatoly Isaikin said. “Both the nations are continuing an "active negotiation process" over the fate of the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers,” Isaikin was quoted as saying by Ria Novosti on Tuesday
The French Mistral helicopter carrier Vladivostok could be relocated from Saint-Nazaire to Brest Naval base due to high maintenance costs, Local media reported. DCNS and STX shipyard operators are subject to port and maintenance fees of about $2
DCNS, the French ship and submarine builder may be heading for a loss during 2014, the fist time since 2003. Non delivery of the Mistral amphibious assault ship to Russia and delays in the Scorpene and Barracuda submarine projects to different customers has weighed down on the financials of the company, various French media outlets reported today
France has denied rumors of a possible sale of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to China. French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian denied the wide spread speculation of possible arms sales to China after a joint news conference with US secretary of Defense Ash Carter at the Pentagon on Monday
Russia has started working on a helicopter carrier similar to the stalled French Mistral and is expected to join the forces in 2018, Tass reported last week. Russia recently displayed the layout of the ship similar to the French Mistral amphibious assault ship at the Army 2015 forum
French-Russian talks on the amount of money that France has to return to Moscow for reneging on the Mistral helicopter carrier deal failed in May but are likely to resume later this month. A French delegation had arrived on May 28 and held talks with a Russian team
China is developing submarines powered by a lithium-ion battery propulsion system as they offer higher energy density and longer dive times than old diesel submarines. Chinese researchers see them as the "wave of the future," Andrew Erickson, a professor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island was quoted as saying by Diplomat, Tokyo-based news magazine on May 28
China will have about 415 warships that includes four aircraft carriers and about 100 submarines by 2030, James Fanell the former director of the US Pacific Fleet's intelligence and information said in a two-day conference held by the US Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute, DefenseNews reported Sunday. During the event, which was held to discuss the PLA Navy's shipbuilding progress and challenges, Fanell said that apart from 99 submarines and four aircraft carriers, the 415 warships include 26 corvettes, 73 amphibious ships, three missile craft, and 102 destroyers and frigates
Russia is no longer interested in procuring of the two French made Mistral-class helicopter carrier warships and its only concern is in getting a compensation of 1.2 billion euro ($1
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