The agreement for purchase of one Mistral-class naval ship also equipped with hovercraft and landing craft will be completed by the end of the year, the Russian chief of staff, General Nikolai Makarov, said.
French news agency AFP reports that he did not name a price, but the Russian government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported this month that the ship, which can carry 16 heavy helicopters, 470 airborne troops and other gear, costs €700 million euros.
Makarov also said
“We also want to establish production of a series of at least four or five ships of this class,” he said.
Makarov, an influential proponent in
“No country in the world can do everything” on its own, he said, adding: “Some things will have to be purchased” from foreign producers.
The 200-metre ship is equipped with high-grade communications equipment and is designed to control a NATO amphibious operation — beach landing from the sea, according to the specialised website globalsecurity.org.
Russia in tsarist and Soviet times prior to World War II, notably during Stalin’s modernisation drive in the 1930s, routinely made substantial weapons purchases from suppliers in the West (often to copy the technology).
But the ship purchase deal with
The political rhetoric and the money however have failed to achieve desired results as
“This is the first major step in that direction — of
“It is a major change.” Felgenhauer said the ship purchase and production agreements with
“We’re talking not just about buying off the shelf but also getting the technology,” he said. “There is going to be discussion about this.”
Bob Ayers, a former
“A helicopter ship by itself is not really capable of doing a whole lot,” he said. “It makes a big, fat target.”
More interesting, according to Ayers, was what the ship deal could say about changing thinking and behaviour among Russian military planners.
“The Russian navy is not into power projection these days,” said Ayers, noting that the French vessel was best suited to special operations and light, rapid assaults.
Felgenhauer mentioned the ex-Soviet
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