Russia and France fully honor their contract commitments in the construction of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy, Rosoboronexport spokesman Vyacheslav Davidenko told Interfax-AVN on Friday.
"The Russian and French sides fulfill their contract commitments regarding the Mistral [ships] in strict compliance with the schedule and in full," Davidenko said.
In his words, Rosoboronexport has not received any documents related to the proposal of a group of U.S. senators to buy these ships for NATO.
"The U.S. senators should not forget that both French and Russian shipbuilders are constructing these ships. As known, the St. Petersburg Baltiysky Zavod built the Mistral aft sections," Davidenko said.
He noted that prospective Mistral crews would soon travel to Saint Nazaire by the training ship Smolny to study operation of the helicopter ships.
Earlier reports said Mistral crews had been trained by French specialists at the N.G. Kuznetsov Naval Academy for three months.
Rosoboronexport and French DCNS signed a contract to build the first two helicopter carriers in June 2011. The United Shipbuilding Corporation is a sub-contractor of the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire.
The Mistral-class helicopter carrier is 199 meters long and 32 meters wide. It has a 27 meter depth to the flight deck, a displacement of 22,600 tonnes, a draught of 6.42 meters, and a top speed of 18.5 knots in full Azipod power (3.5 megawatts). The ship has a crew of 177 and can carry 481 passengers.
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