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Mistral Helicopter Carrier to arrive in Egypt in June-September

Sputnik, Tuesday 12 Apr 2016
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Two Mistral-class helicopter carriers Sevastopol (R) and Vladivostok are seen in this picture taken May 21, 2015 at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France (Reuters)
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The French-made Mistral-class helicopter carriers will be delivered to Egypt in June-September 2016, the French ambassador in Cairo said Sunday.

"The delivery of Mistrals will take place between June and September this year," Andre Parant said during a press conference in the Egyptian capital.

Moscow and Paris officially terminated the $1.3-billion contract on the delivery of the Mistral-class warships in August 2015. Moscow has received soome $1 billion in compensation.

Cairo and Paris signed a contract in October 2015 for the purchase of two helicopter carriers originally built by France for Russia.

The ships are designed to carry 16 Ka-27/29 Helix anti submarine/assault and Ka-52 Hokum B strike helicopters.

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