Russia can build Mistral helicopter carrier alternative by 2020

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Russian shipyards can build an alternative to French Mistral-type helicopter carriers already by 2020 if the Defense Ministry makes such a decision, Chairman of the All-Russian Movement for the Navy’s Support Mikhail Nenashev said on Wednesday.

Russia’s United Ship-Building Corporation President Alexey Rakhmanov has said the corporation is ready to build domestic alternatives to Mistral helicopter carriers at the Baltic shipyard if the Defense Ministry formulates this task.

“We have been discussing this theme already for about two years. Both the shipyards and the navy have come to the understanding that we can both design and build ships of this class,” he told TASS.

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