Russia buys 2 Mistral-class warships from France

Jun 17, 2011 Full story: News Times

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, back right, applauds as Patrick Boissier, director of French naval defense company DCNS, left, and Anatoly Isaikin, the head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, center, shake hands after signing a contract for the supply of two French Mistral-class assault warships to Russia, at the economic forum in ...

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Jacko the American Force

Bloomingdale, IL

#1 Jun 18, 2011
why would russia buy this from france? can't they make their own?
ronan

Banstead, UK

#2 Jun 18, 2011
Jacko the American Force wrote:
why would russia buy this from france? can't they make their own?
To save time and borrow technology?
Developing an amphibian force is new to Russia, maybe they now have overseas ambitions of their own?
Jacko the American Force

Plainfield, IL

#3 Jun 23, 2011
ronan wrote:
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To save time and borrow technology?
Developing an amphibian force is new to Russia, maybe they now have overseas ambitions of their own?
Everyone has to have some land sea defense. I can't beieve that is so new to them, having so much coastline. I am increasingly impressed with France's engineering.
ronan

Banstead, UK

#4 Jun 23, 2011
Jacko the American Force wrote:
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Everyone has to have some land sea defense. I can't beieve that is so new to them, having so much coastline. I am increasingly impressed with France's engineering.
Russia has been lagging behind with its navy, even more since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Lack of fund and re-organisation of budget has seen their navy sacrificed to a point during the last 20 years.
Now they wish to modernise and want to catch up with other European countries. Their navy has never been geared for amphibious operations in the past, and their desire to dedicate funds in that area is a departure from their conventional defense plans. The Mistral class ship are primarily designed for amphibious operations in the frame of overseas interventions, not for coastal defense which can be achieved from mainland. Russia has never done that type of thing (overseas operations), so it's puzzling why the sudden change.
MrOwl

Lexington, NC

#5 Jul 13, 2011
Russia does have a gigantic coastline but the entire northern coastline is useless for shipping or for sea travel being icebound. This is the reason Russia has for centuries tried to get an outlet to the southern seas, IE Indian Ocean. Russia's main outlets are Vladivostok on the Eastern end and Sochi on the Black Sea coupled with her agreement with Ukraine for the use of Sevastopol on the Krim. These warships will probably be split for use between Vladivostok and Sevastopol. Russia has been gripping about US warships in the Black Sea for naval exercises and some docking at a Georgia Port. As a poster on the Russia site stated, 6 nations border the Black Sea, 5 of the six cooperate with America in naval exercises and one protests. Three guesses who the one was. Aaah, Russian diplomacy, the epitome of all diplomacy!!!

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