France will most likely deliver two Mistral warships to Egypt by the first half of next year.
“France is about to finalize all issues related to the deal but he believes that the delivery of the warships will not take place before the end of 2015,”Andre Baran, French ambassador to Egypt was quoted as saying by state news agency Mena Monday.
Egypt signed a contract on two Mistral-class helicopter carriers on October 10. The vessels may be supplied to Egypt in summer, 2016 along with storm boats.
Egypt emerged as France’s replacement customer for Mistrals in September 2015 after Moscow and Paris had terminated the $1.3-billion contract in August as Paris accused Moscow of alleged participation in the internal conflict in Ukraine.
A delegation from Egypt is likely to be in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss Russian hardware for the Mistral-class helicopter carriers. "After the 20th, in about a week, a delegation from Egypt will come to us to discuss possible supplies of certain blocks of radio-electronic equipment for the Mistrals, which Egypt has bought from France," an unnamed source was quoted as saying by Tass last Saturday
DCNS has signed a contract October 10 to deliver two Mistral class projection and command ships to Egypt. Hervé Guillou, Chairman and CEO of DCNS announced, “After the contracts for the supply of four GOWIND corvettes and a FREMM frigate, we have signed a contract for the delivery of two MISTRAL-class BPCs
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will sign a contract on the sale of two French-made Mistral warships to Egypt during his visit to Cairo on October 10-11. Egypt emerged as Frances replacement customer for Mistrals in September 2015 after Moscow and Paris had terminated the $1
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