Egypt has received the first of two French-made Mistral warships sold by France after it cancelled their sale to Russia.
The Mistral assault ship approached the main port on Egypt’s northern coast Alexandria Thursday.
The ship, named Gamal Abdel Nasser, left the shipyard of Saint-Nazaire on France's Atlantic coast on June 12.
Its sister ship, which is to be named after assassinated Egyptian leader Anwar al-Sadat, is expected to arrive in Alexandria in September. The two ships were originally intended for sale to Russia.
In August 2015, Paris and Moscow formally terminated the 1.2-billion-euro (some $1.3 billion at current exchange rates) deal on the construction and delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers.
Egypt emerged as France’s replacement customer for the Mistrals in September, following the Paris and Moscow’s termination of a 2011 deal on construction and delivery of the two ships.
In November 2014, France had suspended the contract, citing Moscow's alleged participation in the Ukrainian conflict as a reason to terminate the deal.
In October 2015, Egypt and France signed a contract to buy two Mistral-class helicopter carriers originally built for Russia.
Russian equipment is likely to be made available for Egypts Mistral-class helicopter carriers delivered by France. "It is likely that since the deal [on the Mistral delivery] between Egypt and France has been signed and the warship delivery is ongoing, with one [warship] already there and the other one arriving a little bit later, the decision [on the supply of Russian equipment] will be made, the equipment must work," Rosoboronexport Deputy Director General Igor Sevastyanov was quoted as saying by
DCNS delivered the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers christened ‘Gamal Abdel Nasser' to the Egyptian Navy today. The two helicopter carriers were acquired by Egypt in October 2015
Russia is currently developing the Priboy large landing ship, which will become an alternative to Mistral, Sputnik reported. Designed by St
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), is close to winning a contract for two corvettes in Egypt a deal in which Frances Naval Group was also a contender. Negotiations between Egypt and Germany-based ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems are close to completion for a purchase of two MEKO A200 corvettes, French and Egyptian media reported
Design work on the Russian Priboy advanced helicopter carrier has started, United Shipbuilding Corporations (USC) Vice President for Naval Construction, Igor Ponomaryov, told TASS in St.Petersburg today
Egypt has commissioned a Molnya-class missile corvette received from Russia last year. The Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced on August 4 that a Molnya-class missile corvette has been commissioned into service,
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