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The admiral has told why Russia doesn't need helicopter carriers - RIA Novosti, 9/4/2018


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MOSCOW, 4 Sep — RIA Novosti. Russia is capable to build helicopter carriers, however use of such ships as a part of the Navy of the Russian Federation would be inefficient because of their vulnerability for rockets of the opponent and coincidence of functions to already adopted ships of other class, the former commander of the Baltic Fleet (2001-2006), the admiral Vladimir Valuyev has told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. © the Press service of MO Russian Federation to Pass into an image bank Russia will construct a hybrid of the helicopter carrier and landing korablyarany the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov has said that the Russian shipbuilders are capable to build helicopter carriers and are ready to sell them to foreign customers in the presence of the corresponding interest. "Our ship-building industry is capable to make the ships of any class. Other question – need of construction of these or those fighting ships and submarines is caused by the naval doctrine or that other country. Having weighed all pros and cons, our military authorities have come to a conclusion that construction of helicopter carriers for the Navy of Russia is inexpedient as their functions duplicate others — the arms which are already available for us, including the landing ships" — Valuyev has told. The admiral has also noted that in present conditions when the potential opponent of Russia has precision weapons, helicopter carriers often become "a floating target". © RIA Novosti / Denis Abramov Russia will suggest to Pass into an image bank for export the ships with the rockets "The Calibre " " In This Case Life of the Helicopter Carrier Lasts Few Hours as It Becomes the Prime Purpose for the Opponent's Rockets" — the interlocutor of the agency has emphasized. At the same time Valuyev has agreed in opinion with the Minister of Industry and Trade that the Russian shipyards have necessary competences for construction of the similar ships for export. In due time Russia planned to buy helicopter carriers from France. The contract for delivery of two "Mistral" vessels has been concluded in 2011, however in 2015 because of sanctions Moscow and Paris have made the decision to dissolve the contract. In August Manturov has told that Russia instead of helicopter carriers will build the universal landing ships which will be capable to bear helicopters on the board. In turn the head of United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexey Rakhmanov has reported to RIA Novosti that OSK will construct the forwarding ship for the Navy of the Russian Federation.

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