France Must Deliver Mistral to Russia – French Ex-Foreign Minister

Sevastopol (L) and the Vladivostok warships, two Mistral class LHD amphibious vessels ordered by Russia from STX France in Saint-Nazaire, western France, on December 20, 2014

Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas has urged the authorities to give the Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia under the existing contract and called the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by his country a gross mistake.


Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas said his country should deliver the Mistral class helicopter carriers to Russia.Speaking on Monday morning in a live broadcast on RMC radio, the former politician called the sanctions imposed by France on Russia a gross mistake.

Roland Dumas is a lawyer and French Socialist politician who served notably as Foreign Minister under President François Mitterrand from 1984 to 1986 and from 1988 to 1993. He was also President of the Constitutional Council from 1995 to 1999.

Earlier on Monday France’s Defense Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told the same RMC radio station that the issue of delivery of Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia was not on the agenda.


In January the Defense minister said that a “completely respected ceasefire” in Ukraine and a political roadmap in the country were the conditions for fulfilling obligations of the contract between the countries.French President Francois Hollande said, following last week meeting in Minsk, that there were no conditions for delivering the warships to Russia despite new agreements on the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.

In 2011, Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport and French shipbuilder DCNS agreed a $1.5 billion deal on the delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia.


Paris was due to deliver the first helicopter carrier last November, before the delivery was halted. Hollande said the shipment was suspended due to Russia’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis.Russia now expects France to either deliver the warships or return the money.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced in January that Moscow could file a court case against France in the next six months over the failure of Paris to deliver the first Mistral ship.

According to Russian experts, Paris could face penalties as high as $10 billion if it fails to fulfill its contractual obligations over the Mistral order.

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Military expert says Russia does not need Mistrals, money better

Mistral helicopter carriers are assault ships, while Russia isn’t going to land troops anywhere, says a Russian official

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MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Russia does not need Mistral helicopter carriers, as the country is not expected to land troops anywhere in the near future, a Russian official said on Friday.“I do not see a great need for the ships. They have a limited operation range. They are not defense, but assault ships. For our strategic interests, we have no reasons to suppose that we will land forces somewhere,” Sergei Shishkarev, deputy head of the Russian government’s Marine Board, said.

It is better for Russia to receive money instead of the helicopter carriers, he said.

“In this respect, the French behave consistently in our interests,” he added.

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.

Russia to build own helicopter carriers

Designing and manufacturing of own universal amphibious assault helicopter carriers is part of Russia’s long-term program of naval shipbuilding through to 2050, a high-rank source in the Russian defense sector told TASS earlier.

“The Navy has put construction of Russia’s own amphibious assault ships on a long-term program of shipbuilding for up to 2050 and these plans have been endorsed by the Defense Ministry,” he said. “The document envisions (the emergence of) these ships, many such ships actually.”

The Russian Navy needs universal amphibious assault ships similar to the French Mistrals, or the ships that would be somewhat smaller in size and tonnage. Such ships will be able to solve many more combat tasks than the bid amphibious assault ships of the Ivan Gren type, under construction now.

When TASS asked the source where the Russian helicopter carriers would be designed, he mentioned the Nevsky and Northern Design Bureaus, “as both of them have done important enough exploratory works on universal amphibious ships.”

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Russia will purchase Mistral-class helicopter carriers from France. Infographics by TASS

Mistral-type helicopter carriers

The Mistral-type helicopter carriers have a displacement of 21 thousand tons, the maximum body length of 210 meters, the speed of 18 knots and the range of up to 11,000 miles.

The crew is 160 members, and in addition it can take on board 450 marines. Each ship is capable of carrying a fleet of 16 heavy and 32 light helicopters. Six of them can be simultaneously deployed on the flight-deck. 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 Must Adhere to Mistral Contract Instead of Blackmailing Moscow – Russian Lawmaker

Launch of Russian helicopter carrier "Vladivostok" in France

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MOSCOW, July 22 (RIA Novosti) – Paris has to comply with its obligations under the Mistral helicopter carrier contract, signed with Russia, instead of blackmailing Moscow with sanctions and actions for nondelivery, Adm. Vladimir Komoedov, chairman of the defense committee of the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, said on Tuesday.

“[France] must follow the agreements instead of ‘poking’ Russia. Marx’s formula ‘commodity-money-commodity’ has not been refuted,” Komoedov, a former Black Sea Fleet commander, said.

Eventually, Russia will be able to build its own helicopter carriers ships, Komoedov said, adding that such projects already exist.

“The West didn’t like Russia as an empire or a socialist state, it doesn’t like Russia as a capitalist democracy either,” the admiral said.

“Russia has its own position, its own opinion, and it will defend its interests,” Komoedov stressed.

French President Francois Hollande said earlier that France, under new sanctions against Russia, might suspend the delivery of the second Mistral warship to the Russian Navy.

Russia and France signed a $1.6 billion deal for two Mistral-class helicopter carriers in June 2011.

Under the contract, the first ship, the Vladivostok, is to be delivered to Russia by the end of the year, while the second, the Sevastopol, is due in 2015.

The ships are capable of carrying 16 helicopters, four landing craft, 70 armored vehicles and 450 soldiers, and are expected to be deployed in Russia’s Pacific Fleet.

Russian Navy’s spokesman denies one of two Mistral ships to be based in Crimea

Russian Navy’s spokesman denies one of two Mistral ships to be based in Crimea

ST. PETERSBURG, June 28 /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Navy denies one of the two helicopter carriers of the Mistral class, being built for Russian in France, The Sevastopol, will be based in the same-name harbour in Crimea on the Black Sea.

Earlier, some mass media said that one of the two amphibious assault ships will enter duty as the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet by 2015. A pier was reportedly being equipped for it.

“The Navy’s Command has made no changes to its original plans for the Mistral ships. Infrastructures for them are being built in Vladivostok. No amendments have been made,” the Navy’s spokesman told the media on Friday.

According to the official there were certain plans for upgrading the composition of the Black Sea Fleet in the near future. Six submarines of project 636.6 and frigates of project 11356 would join the fleet soon.

“Mistral class ships are absent from these plans,” the spokesman said.

Russian helicopter carrier Vladivostok prepares for its 4th sea trial

Russian helicopter carrier Vladivostok prepares for its 4th sea trial

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Russia’s first Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok is expected to set sail from the French Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire on its fourth sea trial in May.
The first three sea trials of the Vladivostok were successful, the STX France company spokesman said. The first sea trial took place in early March, the last one on April 8-11, and the next sea trial has been set for May, he said.
The helicopter carrier is expected to undergo a total of six sea trials before it is transferred to the Russian Navy in October 2014, the spokesman said.
These efforts include tests of the ship’s systems and crew training, he said. Several Russian sailors took part in the first three sea trials, he added.

France held the first technical test of helicopter carrier “Vladivostok” on the open sea

03/07/2014 ARMS-TASS

PARIS, March 6. (ARMS-TASS). Helicopter carrier “Vladivostok”, which is under construction for Russia at the French shipyards, passes first technical tests on the high seas. This correspondent. Itar-Tass was reported today in Shipbuilding Corporation DCNS

Mistral-Type Helicopter Carriers to Go on Combat Duty in Pacific

Mistral-Type Helicopter Carriers to Go on Combat Duty in Pacific

Russia’s Mistral-type helicopter carriers Vladivostok and Sevastopol will join the Pacific Fleet in 2015 and 2016, respectively, the Fleet’s press service told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday, February 19.

“They will go on combat duty in different parts of the world ocean, mainly in the Pacific, including the South Kurile Islands,” the spokesperson said.

Under the contract, each Mistral ship has to be built by France within 36 months. The first of them, the Vladivostok, is to arrive in St. Petersburg from Saint-Nazaire, France, in December 2014. In St. Petersburg it will be equipped with Russian weapons, military hardware and systems.

After that and the crew training, the Vladivostok will sail off to the Pacific Fleet to join it in the second half of 2015.

The second ship, the Sevastopol, will arrive in St. Petersburg in November 2015 to make a voyage to the Pacific Fleet and join it in the second half of 2016.