VLADIVOSTOK, May 18 (Itar-Tass) – The 178th military ship-repairing plant in Vladivostok will be modernized for servicing the fourth generation ships of the Pacific Fleet, among them two Mistral helicopter carriers, the Primorye territorial administration told Itar-Tass.
The modernization program will last for 16 years and the project will be complete by 2027. About 13 billion rubles will be invested within the first five years from the federal budget and borrowings.
The 178th military ship-repairing plant in Vladivostok is one of the largest facilities in the Primorye territory. It has two dry and two floating docks capable of repairing ships of up to 195 meters.
A Mistral ship with the displacement of 21,000 tonnes and the length of 210 meters is capable of taking aboard up to 16 heavy helicopters, up to 900 servicemen and 70 pieces of armor. The ship will carry Russia’s assault helicopters Kamov Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ modified for ship basing.
France will transfer a number of sensitive technologies to Russia, including the SENIT-9 combat data system. In the future the technology will be applied in the construction of two Mistral ships in Russia.
The sides signed the $1.2 billion contract in June 2011 in the presence of President Dmitry Medvedev.