The contract on the delivery of the Mistral helicopter carriers Russia ordered from France must be strictly fulfilled, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a news conference on Friday.
“We have already had enough of this issue, it’s not our problem, it’s the problem of France’s reputation,” the minister said. “And next, the contract must be strictly fulfilled,” Lavrov said.
The €1.12 billion contract for building two Mistral-type ships was signed by the Russian defense exporting company Rosoboronexport and French DCNS in June 2011.
Under the contract, Russia is to receive the first of the two warships, the Vladivostok, in October this year. The second Mistral-class helicopter carrier, the Sevastopol, is expected to be handed over to Russia next year.
The Mistral-type helicopter carriers have a displacement of 21 tons, the maximum body length of 210 meters, the speed of 18 knots and the range of up to 20,000 miles.
The helicopter carrier can accommodate 450 people in addition to its crew of 180. It carries 16 helicopters, of which six can be simultaneously stored on the flight-deck. A compartment in the cargo deck can accommodate more than 40 tanks or 70 motorized vehicles.
Mistral landing helicopter carriers are capable of performing four tasks at the same time: receive helicopters, land troops, and act as a command post and a floating hospital.
France will have to pay Russia a penalty, if it fails to fulfill the contract.
First published by TASS.
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