Russia will build a Mistral class ship if the French choose not to assemble the second ship of this class for Russia, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
"The French must demonstrate absolute seriousness of their intentions as a reliable partner, a reliable supplier under the contract. If they fail to demonstrate such reliability, we will make (this ship) accordingly. Now we are capable of making such ships entirely," Rogozin told journalists on Wednesday.
The sterns of the two helicopter carriers were built at the Baltic shipyard in St. Petersburg, armaments and electronics are all Russian-made, Rogozin recalled.
"So we've already learned how to make them. Moreover, if we head in this direction in the future, we will, most likely, be assembling ships capable of ice-class, unlike Mistrals that are designed mainly for the Mediterranean Sea, i.e. for warm latitudes," Rogozin said.
Russia needs ships capable of sailing in temperatures "below seven degrees," he said.
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