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    Russia-France Mistral Deal (124)

    Russian Conglomerate Radio-Electronic Technologies, or KRET, has offered to develop state-of-the-art defensive electronic warfare systems for an amphibious assault ship Russia could build as a substitute for the two Mistral helicopter carriers France failed to deliver under a $1.3 billion deal.

    "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.

    The company produces defensive electronic warfare systems for all types of ships used by the Russian Navy, Mikheev added. Therefore, the company is ready to develop cutting edge equipment for Russia's future helicopter carrier.

    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").

    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.

    Sevastopol (L) and the Vladivostok warships, two Mistral class LHD amphibious vessels ordered by Russia from STX France in Saint-Nazaire, western France, on December 20, 2014
    Under the $1.3-billion deal Russia and France signed in 2011, Paris was supposed to deliver the Vladivostok in November 2014 and the Sevastopol in early 2015.

    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.

    Russia-France Mistral Deal (124)


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