- Russia to define Mistral purchase scheme - Navy
- Russia set to buy Mistral with transfer of French technologies
- Russian Air Force to get dozens of helicopters if Mistral deal agreed
- PTC seeks role in adapting Mistral for Russian Navy
Mistral-class helicopter carriers, which Russia plans to buy from France, will be armed with Russian Ka-52 Alligator helicopters, Air Force Commander Colonel General Alexander Zelin told the Ekho Moskvy FM station on Saturday.
He emphasized that the Ka-52 Alligator helicopters are very advanced and are equal to best foreign models.
The Ka-52 is armed with 30-mm cannon, Vikhr (Whirlwind) laser guided missiles, rockets, including S-24s, as well as bombs.
The Ka-52 is a modification of the basic Ka-50 Hokum model. The development of the Ka-52 started in 1994 in Russia, but its serial production began only in 2008.
The helicopter is also equipped with two radars, one for ground and one for aerial targets and a Samshite nighttime-daytime thermal sighting system.
Russia is negotiating the purchase of at least one French-built Mistral-class amphibious assault ship and plans to build three more vessels of the same class in partnership with the French naval shipbuilder DCNS.
A Mistral-class ship is capable of transporting and deploying 16 helicopters, four landing barges, up to 70 armored vehicles including 13 battle tanks, and 450 personnel.
The Russian military has said it plans to use Mistral ships in its Northern and Pacific fleets.
Many Russian military and industry experts have questioned the financial and military sense of the purchase, and some believe that Russia simply wants to gain access to advanced naval technology that could be used in the future in potential conflicts with NATO and its allies.
In April, the head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Mikhail Dmitriev, said the Mistral deal would be concluded by the end of the year.
MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti)
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- EugênioOffer to Brazil01:32, 15/08/2010Here in Brazil only has the French Eurocopter's not good for Brazil.
We like the Mi-35 that gained.
Brazil will need a good helicopter for the FIFA World Cup in
2014 and for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The Ka-52 is ideal.
It would also be excellent acquisition for the Navy of Brazil.
- email@example.comOne can never be too prepared to defend your country04:42, 15/08/2010Living in the United States and Canada I have never been witness to what can happen when you let your defensive capability become outdated. I previously thought the huge amount of money spent on arms was a poor use of money.
Then I had the opportunity to visit the war memorial and war museum in Volgograd Russia this summer (2010).
It was quite an emotional experience to stand in a location where 1 million Russian men and women soldiers died defending Russia from NAZI invasion and occupation.
Russia knows first hand why it is so important to keep your military defensive capability up to date and modern. Because if a country fails to do this it will be invaded and taken over by a stronger power.
It happens over and over again throughout history.
Will Russia ever have a conflict with NATO and the US in the near future?
Yes? The conflict will be over oil reservoirs in the Caspian Basin area between 2015 and 2020. The Caspian Basin has the last known large oil and gas reserves in the world.
The United States will begin experiencing a several energy crisis beginning in 2015 and it will be critical by 2020. Europe will also experience this oil energy crisis.
It is important for Russia to be able to defend its energy reserves and its lands from invasion and occupation from NATO / Europe / US forces during this stressful period of time.
By 2030 all industrial nations will have collapsed due to the lack of oil to run them.
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