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Dismantling of Russian equipment from Mistrals to begin in late September — source

September 09, 2015, 8:19 UTC+3
The Russian equipment includes all ship-borne combat information and control systems, systems controlling missile fire, artillery complexes and the helicopter landing control module
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NIZHNY TAGIL/Sverdlovsk region/, September 9. /TASS/. The works on dismantling Russia’s equipment from Mistral helicopter carriers built for Moscow will begin in late September, a source in the Russian military and technical cooperation sphere has said.

"Our specialists have returned from France where they discussed the order of dismantling the Russian equipment from the helicopter carriers. It will begin after September 20," the source said.

The French side will remove the equipment under control of Russia’s specialists. "We have already issued demands for our French colleagues for wrapping and transporting the equipment," the source said.

The Russian equipment includes all ship-borne combat information and control systems, systems controlling missile fire, artillery complexes and the helicopter landing control module.

In early August, Russia and France reached an agreement to officially cancel the contract. Under the deal, Russia gets the money and the equipment back, and France will then be able to use the warships.

French media earlier reported that Paris paid Russia €950 million for the Mistral contract cancelation, and the overall sum of payment exceeded €1 billion.

The €1.12 billion contract for the construction of two Mistral-type helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy was signed in June 2011.

Under the contract, Russia was expected to receive the first of the two warships, the Vladivostok, in the autumn of 2014. However, Paris suspended the ship’s handover to Russia at the very last moment over Moscow’s stance on developments in neighboring Ukraine.

It was planned that the second ship dubbed the Sevastopol would be handed over to Russia in the second half of 2015. But the deal was suspended like in the case with the first Mistral ship.

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