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Russia to build new shipyards for Mistral construction

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    10:53 GMT, January 12, 2011 MOSCOW | Russia will construct new shipyards near St. Petersburg designed specifically for the building of Mistral class amphibious assault ships under a French license, a defense industry source said Wednesday, according to RIA Novosti.

    Moscow announced in December last year that two Mistral class helicopter carriers will be built jointly by France and Russia at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, and another two will be constructed later in Russia.

    "A decision has been adopted to build Mistral class ships on the Kotlin Island near St. Petersburg," the source said, adding that the new shipyards would be part of the Admiralty Shipyards company.

    The Kotlin Island is located 20 miles west of St. Petersburg in the Baltic Sea.

    "The new shipyards will be built specifically for Mistral construction, but they will be used later to construct commercial bulk ships and large combat ships," the official said.

    Russia could start building Mistrals after 2014, while the first Mistral class ship, worth over 700 mln euros, is expected to be built within 36 months after Russia makes an advance payment scheduled for January 2011.

    A Mistral class ship is capable of transporting and deploying 16 helicopters, four landing vessels, up to 70 armored vehicles including 13 battle tanks, and 450 personnel. (RIA Novosti)

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    Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) has been taken out of the contractual talks with France on the purchase of Mistral class amphibious assault ships, a Russian business daily said Tuesday.
    The Kommersant newspaper cited anonymous defense industry sources as saying state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport will represent Russia in direct talks with France's DCNS from now on.

    Kommersant speculates that the removal of the USC from the talks could be the result of the company's aspirations to acquire a status of an "independent dealer" on the lucrative arms exports market.
    Rosoboronexport, backed by the Russian Defense Ministry, has almost monopolized Russia's arms exports and apparently does not want new players to bite into its share in enormous profits from growing arms sales, which totaled $10 billion in 2010.

    Moscow and Paris signed on January 25 an intergovernmental agreement to jointly build four Mistral-class helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy.

    Russia's input to the construction of the first Mistral-class warship will be 20% and 40% in the second.
    The third and fourth ships are to be built in Russia, whose share of labor input will subsequently rise to 80%.
    The talks on the actual contract to build Mistral ships are still underway. The Russian Defense Ministry earlier said the contract could be signed in April-march this year.

    Under the Russian-French agreement the first Mistral-class ship, with a price tag of 720 million euros, is expected to be built in late 2013-early 2014 and the second in late 2014-early 2015.

    A Mistral-class ship is capable of carrying 16 helicopters, four landing vessels, 70 armored vehicles, and 450 personnel.

    A number of Russia's neighbors have expressed concern over the upcoming deal, in particular Georgia and Lithuania.

    However, the first two Mistral class ships will most likely join Russia's Pacific Fleet with an obvious task to protect the disputed Kuril Islands.
    MOSCOW, February 8 (RIA Novosti)

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