photo Marine Nationale / PM Emmanuel Rathelot
RIA Novosti. 16:39 25/01/2011
SAINT-NAZAIRE (France), January 25 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow and Paris on Tuesday signed an agreement to jointly build Mistral-class helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy. The agreement was signed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and French Defense Minister Allain Juppe in the presence of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. In all, four warships are to be built, Sechin said. Russia's input to the construction of the first Mistral-class warship will be 20% and 40% in the second, he said. The third and fourth ships are to be built in Russia, whose share of labor input will subsequently rise to 80%, he added.