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.
“There is an embargo on any sale of weapon to China, which we will respect,” Le Drian told Voice of America’s Mandarin Service today.
France was one of the members of the European Union who imposed a sanction on weapon exports to China, a measure taken after Beijing violently cracked down student protests in Tiananmen Square on June 4th, 1989.
In May, France sent a Mistral-class amphibian ship to China to participate in a joint maritime exercise with China’s People’s Liberation Army. It prompted widespread speculation that France was considering sale of two warships of the same class which were built for Russia.
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
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
France has offered to refund about 785 million euros ($865 million) besides re-export rights for cancelling the Mistral amphibious assault ship deal with Russia but the latter has demanded 1.163 billion euros ($1
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
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
French naval shipbuilder DCNS is spending a minimum of $1.1 million a month to maintain two Mistral helicopter carriers as the deal to deliver them to Russia was cancelled
Grenades, detonators and plastic explosives have been reportedly stolen from a major military base in France. According to a report by the Telegraph quoting judicial sources, the "Very well informed" thieves broke into the Miramas arms depot northwest of Marseille, southern France, in the early hours of Monday cut open two wire fences
Renault Trucks Defense has won a design contract from the French defense procurement agency (Direction Générale de lArmement - DGA) to extend the service life of its light armored vehicle (VBL) for next 15 years. In focusing on mobility aspects, DGA has awarded Renault Trucks Defense an initial feasibility design contract to provide a solution to upgrade the VBL, including its engine, gearbox, suspension and braking, the company announced today
Eager to match American development in long range bombers such as the B-1, China tried but failed to acquire technology of the Soviet Era supersonic strategic bomber Tu-22M3 Backfire C from Ukraine. However, 'international conventions' thwarted the attempts by Beijing to acquire the technology or even a complete aircraft from Kiev, various media reported today
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