United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) has laid groundwork for building a Mistral-class helicopter carrier substitute, and the project may be launched next year, USC deputy head Igor Ponomaryov has said.
"A conceptual design of the Mistral-class ship's substitute will be ready in 2016. We are prepared to do this job. Landing ships of Project 11771 have laid the relevant groundwork," he told Interfax-AVN at the Army 2015 Forum on June 16.
"The keel of the first serial landing ship, Pyotr Morgunov, of Project 11771 was laid on June 11. The Navy is considering the possible construction of a series of landing ships of this project," he said.
As to the prospective substitute for Mistral-class helicopter carriers, the USC deputy head noted, "As soon as the Navy approves the conceptual design and tasks of this ship, we will be ready to build it. I think it will have [displacement] larger than those of ships of Project 11771 (5,000 tonnes), somewhere between 10,000 and 12,000 tonnes."
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