Source spoke about the characteristics of the Russian Mistrals

MOSCOW, (BM) – Russian helicopter carriers of Project 23900, which will be analogs of the French Mistrals, will carry up to 16 helicopters and four drones on board, a source in the shipbuilding industry told RIA Novosti.

Source spoke about the characteristics of the Russian Mistrals
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“Helicopters developed by the Kamov Design Bureau are being considered for deployment. We are talking about the Ka-52K and other models, including the Ka-27. The capacity is in the region of 15-16 aircraft. Also, in addition to the helicopters themselves, it is planned to place four drones “, – said the agency’s interlocutor.

The Ministry of Defense has long coordinated the requirements for the appearance, and the final project “in terms of its functionality has become no worse, and maybe even better than the Mistrals,” the source said.

Two Project 23900 universal amphibious assault ships were laid down on July 20, 2020, at the Zaliv plant in Kerch in Vladimir Putin’s presence.

Dock ships (analogs of the French Mistral helicopter carriers) will be the first ships of this class built in Russia. Their displacement will be 40 thousand tons.

In addition to helicopter carriers, today, other landing ships are being built in Russia, including the Project 11711 BDK, which has more modest characteristics.

As the general director of the Yantar shipyard, Ilya Samarin, told RIA Novosti, the improved project 11711 BDK laid at the enterprise in 2019 would carry at least two helicopters and a landing force of 300 marines on the deck, the displacement will be seven thousand tons.

Moscow initially signed the contract for the supply of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers worth 1.2 billion euros in 2011 between the French DCNS / STX and Rosoboronexport. The first ship, named Vladivostok, was to be handed over to France in November 2014, but due to the events in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against Russia, François Hollande, then the country’s president, decided to suspend the agreement.

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