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Russia pushes on with domestic alternative to Mistral

10th June 2020 - 09:15 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St Petersburg


The Russian MoD has signed a contract worth an estimated RUB100 billion ($1.43 billion) to build two helicopter carriers for the country’s navy, in a programme that has attracted attention at the highest levels of government, including President Vladimir Putin.

The Project 23900 amphibious assault ships would be the first vessels of their kind to be built in Russia, at the Zaliv Shipyard in Kerch in the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula. The shipyard specialises in the construction of tankers and container carriers.

The first Project 23900 ship is planned for delivery to the Russian Navy by 2026, under the state armament programme

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Eugene Gerden


Eugene Gerden

Eugene Gerden is a Shephard correspondent based in St Petersburg.

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