FIRST MISTRAL FOR RUSSIA LAID DOWN IN FRANCE Thursday, February 2, 2012
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said on February 1 that the first Mistral class amphibious assault ship being built for the Navy will be put into service within 36 months.
An agreement between Russia and France was reached in June 2011 for Moscow to purchase two Mistrals at a cost of $1.7 billion. On December 1, 2011, French shipbuilder DCNS confirmed that it received its first payment from Russia for the construction. DCNS said that because of the advance payment of $1.2 billion, work was already underway.
According to Vysotsky, the first ship was just laid down on February 1 and will be in service within 36 months (February 2015). DCNS's timeline indicates that the first vessel will be delivered in 2014, followed by a second in 2015.
Source: Forecast International - International Military Markets Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com Source Date: February 2, 2012 Author: R. Barrett Edwards, Eurasia Analyst Posted: 02/02/2012
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