The Russian Navy has settled on names for two Russian helicopter-carriers, which are due to be built in the coming years.
Russian TASS News Agency reported on the 11th of January that the Russian Navy will name the first two Russian-made helicopter-carriers ‘Sevastopol’ and ‘Vladivostok’, which were to be the names of the Mistral helicopter-carriers that were originally bought from France but later ended up with Egypt.
The state-owned media outlet cited a source in the defense industry as revealing the information.
The Russian Navy has not officially confirmed the names for the new vessels.
Production of new helicopter-carriers is included in the Russian state armament programme for 2027 according to local media.
“Last year, sources told Russian state-owned media that both would be laid down in 2020 at the Zaliv shipyard in Kerch, perhaps as early as May. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery to the Navy in 2025 while the second should arrive the following year.”
The vessels are to be 25,000 tons and have a length of about 220 meters, Izvestia reported. They should be able to carry over 20 helicopters.
Russia had initially been planning to fill its requirement for helicopter-carriers with the French-made Mistrals, two of which were ordered in 2011. However, in response to the crisis in Ukraine, France terminated the contract in 2015, after the vessels had been constructed, and returned Moscow’s payment. The French government later sold the vessels to Egypt, which has negotiated with Russia for equipment for the vessels.
In response to the loss of the Mistral contract, the Russian Ministry of Defense has put out requests for local shipyards to produce helicopter-carriers.
‘Lavina’ was the first designation for the class, revealed at the ‘ARMY-2015’ Russian military-technical forum, and at 22,000 tonnes is heavier variant designed by Krylov, opposed to the lighter 14,000 ‘Nevskoe’ design.