Russia To Receive Mistral Class Amphibious Assault Ship

  • 12:00 AM, September 19, 2012
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In an agreement between France and Russia, two Mistral class amphibious assault ships will be supplied to the Russian Navy which will have air wings consisting of 30 ka-52K and ka-29 helicopters. A Mistral-class ship is capable of carrying 16 helicopters, four landing vessels, 70 armored vehicles, and 450 personnel. The contract $1.5 billion was signed in 2011. The flight tests are expected to start in 2014. “These will be air wings comprising carrier-based and land-based elements to ensure fast rotation of the helicopters for repairs or replacement due to combat losses”, a Defense Ministry official quoted. Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters are currently under construction, the choppers will vary according to the operational tasks on-board. The first Mistral class warship is expected to be put in service with the Russian Navy in the next three years.
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