French shipbuilder DCNS has started work on the second Mistral-class amphibious assault ship built for Russia even as Paris has withheld export clearance for the first of the ships.
The second helicopter carrier, named Sevastopol left its dry dock in the French port city of Saint-Nazaire on Thursday, RIA Novosti correspondent reported. This means that the ship has completed its basic fitment and is being prepared for trials.
Russia and France signed the $1.5 billion deal for two Mistral-class ships in June 2011. The first carrier, the Vladivostok, is expected to join the Russian Navy by the end of this year, while the Sevastopol is due to arrive in Russia in 2015.
But the deal has been in jeopardy after the West slapped Russia with economic sanctions over Ukraine. French President Francois Hollande in October threatened to suspend the deliveries of the ships, citing Russia’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict — a claim that Moscow has repeatedly denied.
The handover of the first ship, the Vladivostok, was scheduled for November 14, but the ceremony did not take place. Russia condemned France’s failure to deliver on its contractual obligations, saying Paris would have to pay a large penalty if the deal was canceled.
France has to deliver the first Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia by the end of this month or else face serious legal consequences; a high ranking source in Moscow was quoted as saying by Sputnik Friday. “We are preparing for different variations
DCNS may have unwittingly given Russia cause to sue the French company over the non-delivery Mistral-class helicopter carrier after its Project Director wrote a letter inviting the Russian Navy to take delivery of the ship. Yves Destefanis, the project director responsible for delivering Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia was sacked on Thursday after contents of the letter became public
DCNS has terminated Yves Destefanis, the project director responsible for delivering Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia on Thursday after the confusion created by letter inviting Moscow to take delivery of the first of two Mistral ships in mid-November, local media reported. Herve Guillou, CEO of DCNS relieved Destefanis of his duties after French Finance Minister Michel Sapin announced that conditions for the handover of the ship had not been met
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 will sue France if Paris refuses to honor a contract on construction of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said Thursday. "We will file a lawsuit and demand compensation [if the contract is not fulfilled], as it's commonly done in a civilized world," Ivanov said
DCNS has started to construct GOWIND 2500 corvette, which is the first of a series of four units that will be delivered to Egypt before 2019. The delivery of the first vessel is slated for 2017 that is less than four years after the signature of the contract last summer, the company announced on Wednesday
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
DCNS has developed in partnership with STX France a new landing craft to increase the operational capabilities of the Mistral amphibious assault vessel. The landing craft called CTM NG has been designed as an integrated amphibious force organized system around the Mistral of assault vessels, the Mer et marine reported on its website today
DCNS announced Friday that it has successfully tested a real-time demonstrator for an asymmetric response to terrorist and piracy attacks. This DCNS system aims to accelerate decision taking and prevent collateral damage in close-quarter defense situations
DCNS announced Friday that it has inaugurated the main building for the Scorpene submarine construction shipyard for Brazil in Itaguai in the bay of Sepetiba. This industrial facility brings together specific resources and tools for the assembly and equipping of Scorpene submarine sections in the frame of the Brazilian Navy submarine programme
The French-Russian mistral helicopter deal has been embroiled in controversy over the last few months over Moscows involvement in the Ukraine crisis. The deal, since it was signed in 2010, has drawn fire from the United States and its NATO allies from Eastern Europe
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