On Nov 15, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief ADM Viktor Chirkov will hold a meeting with shipbuilders with the view to discuss construction and operation of Mistral-class amphibious ships, a source in defense ministry told Central Navy Portal.
The meeting will be attended by representatives of JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation, FSUE Krylov State Scientific Center, and other Russian defense-oriented companies.
According to the source, prior to making decision upon construction of the second pair of ships, Russian Navy command wants to carry out full-scale tests of the lead Mistral-class ship named Vladivostok being built for Russia. It is planned to decide whether to buy the second two Mistrals on the basis of operational experience of the first one.
Recall that Moscow and Paris signed the contract for two Mistral-class ships in June 2011. The contract value is EUR 1.2 bln. The first ship was laid down early in Feb 2012.
Russian Mistrals will bear names of Vladivostok and Sevastopol. All of them will be equipped with newest Russian attack and defense weapons, including supersonic cruise missiles.
On Oct 13, chief of Navy Development Planning Dept RADM Vasily Lyashok said that Mistral-class amphibious assault ships would be commissioned into Pacific Fleet in 2014 and 2015.
On Oct 1, Baltiysky Zavod Shipbuilding Ltd (St. Petersburg) began construction of the third Mistral ship; third and fourth ships are to be built in Russia under French license.
In Aug 2012, Russia started manufacturing of experimental helicopters Ka-52K to be based on Mistral-class ships.
Russian Navy will start employment of crews for those ships on competition basis since 2013.