"Mistral is an ordinary large amphibious assault ship. We have always specialized in developing seaborne radio electronic warfare systems. In any case, we planned to fit the two Mistrals with our electronic antijamming equipment," KRET's first deputy CEO Vladimir Mikheev told RIA Novosti.
KRET, a subsidiary of Russia's state-owned corporation Rostec, is Russia's leading developer and manufacturer of military and civil radio-electronic products, including avionics, operational and tactical systems, as well as electronic warfare and intelligence equipment and more.
Russia has all the necessary technology to build a high-end amphibious assault ship on its own.
In June, Russia's Ministry of Defense unveiled the layout of a new amphibious assault ship set to be domestically-manufactured. In addition, Russia's Krylov State Research Centre revealed the design of another amphibious helicopter-carrier, dubbed Lavina ("Avalanche").
PHOTO: Russia's «Mistral» replacement? «Priboy» carrying Ka-52K & Ka-27 Helicopters ©BigLoM pic.twitter.com/50QppKLmrx— Missilito (@Missilito) 16 июня 2015
Priboy is expected to be a relatively smaller-sized helicopter carrier capable of transporting 8 helicopters, up to 600 marines and between 40-60 armored vehicles. Lavina will apparently be bigger and faster than the French Mistrals.
None of the ships arrived to Russia, since the deliveries were put on hold over Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian civil war. Kremlin has repeatedly denied these groundless claims and pushed for peace in the war-torn nation.
Last week, reports surfaced that a final agreement on French compensation to Russia for the termination of the Mistral delivery was ready to be signed. Moscow has insisted on approximately $1.3 billion in compensation, while Paris said it was ready to pay no more than $1.1 billion.