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Russia builds ships similar to the French Mistral, Moscow denies

MOSCOW, (BM) – The claims of the American Forbes magazine that Russia allegedly is building ships similar to the French Mistral are not true, said Boris Usvyatsov, captain of the first rank of the reserve, candidate of military sciences, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Izvestia.

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In a commentary to Polytexpert, the specialist pointed out that the future universal landing ships of Project 23900 Surf differ from the French helicopter carriers both externally and in terms of displacement and purpose.

Usvyatsov pointed out that NATO and Russia have different tactics, on which the functionality of the ships depends.

“We have a principle: the bow opens (called the ramp), floating tanks come up. Landing on the coast is carried out in this way. NATO and the Americans use helicopter carriers a combat set and composition, which we don’t have in the tactics of the marine corps,” also he said.

Earlier, Forbes, citing published footage allegedly with the new universal landing ships of Project 23900, claimed that they were a “clone” of the French helicopter carrier Mistral.

May 28, it became known that small missile ships (RTOs) with high-precision ammunition will strengthen the Black Sea Fleet. By the end of the year, its composition should include two of the latest strike MRCs – “Graivoronsk” project 21631 “Buyan-M” and “Cyclone” project 22800 “Karakurt”.

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