Victoria Ivanova. Saudi Arabia will help Egypt to buy from France intended for the Russian Federation helicopter type " Mistral ", reports the print edition citing a source in the French government.
"Assistance will be significant ", - reported in the publication.
before, writes the print edition, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries helped Egypt with the acquisition of another French military equipment, for example, the Rafale fighters, a contract for production and delivery which was signed in February of 2015.
On Wednesday morning it was announced that in the course of a telephone conversation between the presidents of Egypt and France Francois Hollande and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have reached agreement on the "principles and conditions for the sale of "Mistral" Egypt ".
first, the French media reported that a delegation from the Egyptian occupying the high post of bureaucrats in Paris discusses the rules of acquisition 2 " Mistral ", but the parties do not have the opportunity to come to a consensus about the final price of the vessels.
it is planned that one of the "Mistral" will be on duty in the Red sea, and another will take the position in the Mediterranean. According to a source in the French Ministry of defence, ships are able to be delivered to Egypt in March 2016, after the Egyptian crews will be trained.
in the period from 2014 Egypt has already received four French Gowind corvettes, the Price of which amounted to EUR 1 billion, a FREMM frigate for 900 million euros and 24 Rafale fighter, which Price is believed to be 3 billion euros. The volume of other procurement of Egypt in terms of armament in France amounted to 1, 1 billion euros.
the contract for production and delivery of 2 helicopter carrier type "Mistral" cost 1, 2 billion Euro was concluded between the French DCNS/STX and the "Rosoboronexport" in 2011. France had to give 1st ship "Vladivostok" in November last year, but due to the events in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against Russia that never was.
in early August, Moscow and Paris adopted a conclusion on termination of validity of the contract for the construction and supply of 2 ships-docks-type " Mistral ". France after the return of the Russian equipment installed on the " Mistral ", will be able to dispose of the helicopter.
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