France has suspended most of its military cooperation with Russia, the French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday
The statement comes as Paris still mulls over the idea of cancelling the sale of two Mistral warships to Moscow.
Paris has suspended "the majority of its military cooperation with Russia" in the wake of Moscow's takeover of Crimea, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in the Estonian capital Tallinn.
Contacts between the chiefs of staff of France and Russia have been cut and a joint military exercise between the Britain, France and Russia that had been planned for April has also been cancelled, Le Drian said.
France will offer to send four fighter jets to the Baltic states to boost NATO air patrols over the region should the military alliance request them, he added.
But so far Paris has resisted pressure to suspend the controversial Mistral deal with Moscow.
Estonian Defence Minister Urmas Reinsalu criticised the possible sale, after Friday talks with his French counterpart.
A final decision on the sale is expected in October, according to Le Drian, who also visits fellow NATO member Poland on Friday as part of a Western push to offer security assurances to Eastern allies.
In light of Russias involvement in the Ukrainian crisis, France will consider scrapping a 1.4-billion-euro deal to deliver two Mistral-class warships to the Russian Navy
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has built the 3,500th export version of the Mi-17 at Kazan Helicopters. The helicopter will be delivered to the Indian Armed Forces as part of a contract signed by Rosoboronexport in 2012, according to an official statement
Russian Helicopters will showcase its new developments including Ka-62 and Mi-171A2 helicopters at India Aviation 2014, held from 12-16 March 2014 in Hyderabad. The new multirole Ka-62 helicopter is built to a single-rotor design with a multi-blade anti-torque rotor ducted into the tail fin, offering enhanced security for passengers and crew during take-off and landing
The Algerian Ministry of Defense has placed an order estimated $2.7 billion for 48 new Russian helicopters, according to Lenta
The serviceability of Indias Su-30MKI aircraft have been affected due to the lack repair and overhaul (ROH) facilities that Rosoboronexport had agreed to set up but has not done so far. According to a letter dated December 13, 2013 by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to Mr
Indias fleet of Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter aircraft are suffering multiple failures of its cockpit display system, if leaked documents are to be believed. According to a communiqué between HAL and Irkut Corp dated 28 February 2014, the MC-1 or Mission Computer 1 and the head-up display (HUD) of the Su-30MKI has recorded “multiple cases of repeated failure”
Delivery of the Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia could be delayed indefinitely going by the tough posture adopted by the French government. With delivery scheduled for mid-November, the French government has withheld permission to the warship builder, DCNS to start the process to hand over the warship to the Russian Navy
Russia is demanding France to either decide on the Mistral helicopter carriers deal or pay back the money already paid, Tass reported Thursday. “There have been many statements on the part of the French defense and foreign ministers on Mistrals, but there are the contract that needs to be implemented,” Russian Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Alexander Lukashevich was quoted as saying
France could cancel a deal to supply a $1.6 billion helicopter carrier, ‘Mistral to Russia
NATO will not consider taking over the order for two Mistral helicopter carriers that France has committed to supply to Russia, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen saidMonday. Rasmussen in a press conference said, “NATO has not considered taking over the order for two Mistral helicopter carriers that France is responsible for delivering to Russia" “It has not been considered because the issue has not been raised
The French Air Force took delivery of the first of three upgraded KC-135s last week, according to an official statement. The upgrade of the KC-135RGs operated by the Escadron de Ravitaillement en Vol (In-flight refueling squadron, ERV) primarily concerns avionics, through the RENO GATM (Global Air Traffic Management) standard
Russian shipbuilders are capable of servicing Mistral-class helicopter carriers, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said to RIA Novosti. “I believe shipbuilders and engineers will be able to organize the full servicing and maintenance of these docking-ships,” Borisov said
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