France starts building first Mistral warship for Russia

Mistral warships are equipped with advanced NATO-standard technology.

From RIA Novosti:  French shipbuilder DCNS has received advance payment from Moscow under a $1.2-billion contract and will start the construction of the first warship for the Russian Navy, the DCNS press service said on Wednesday.

The two countries signed a contract in June on two French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ships including the transfer of sensitive technology.

“The advance payment was received several weeks ago and work on the first ship is getting underway,” the service said. “The first ship will be delivered in 2014 and the second in 2015. . . .

The Russian military has said it plans to use Mistral ships in its Northern and Pacific fleets.   (photo: RIA Novosti)

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