One of two helicopter “Mistral”, which Russia unsuccessfully tried to buy off France, today went to Egypt to become part of the Navy of the country, reports RIA “Novosti”.
In the African country for the ship already chose the name: now he was the “Gamal Abdel Nasser” in honor of the President of Egypt in 1952, headed a conspiracy against the king Farouk.
Released today from the French port of Saint-Nazaire Nasser will arrive in Egypt by June 22: the ship will be across the Atlantic to Gibraltar, then will be in the Mediterranean sea. The total path length will be three thousand nautical miles.
The second “Mistral” will be in Egypt in September of this year.
Recall that the contract between France and Russia worth 1.2 billion euros, concluded in 2011, was terminated due to imposed against our country sanctions in connection with the situation in the Donbas. As a result, the President of France Francois Hollande have agreed with the head of Egypt Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, that “Mistral” will be sold to Egypt for 950 million euros (as a penalty Moscow previously received 949 million euros).
While in the transaction implicitly planning to participate and Russia: it is going to supply Egypt the Ka-52K, which will be based on the “Mistral”, are also expected purchases by Egypt, and other equipment and military equipment, in particular MiG-35.
Read about the connection “to the closure of Egypt and deliveries of Russian weapons.
According to various media, the “Mistral” will be on combat duty in the Red sea and can be used off the coast of Yemen as the only in the Arab world of the aircraft carrier, than interested, in particular, allegedly sponsored a deal in Saudi Arabia, which was the initiator of the military operation against local rebels-Houthis.
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