posted on May, 12 2014 @ 11:18 AM
a reply to: Zaphod58
Just which news source should we believe...?
Well, apparently this is the reason why the US voiced concern :
The lucrative deal has been heavily criticised by several US lawsmakers, who feared that the Mistral-class warships delivered to the Russians would
include the highly-prized NATO communication and weapons systems.
However, the French shipbuilder has since confirmed that the communication system would be fitted “only if the Russian navy receives NATO
“This deal doesn’t involve any transfer of sensitive technology. Also, France sells the helicopter carrier, but it doesn’t sell the helicopters
that go with it”, said Migault.
The arms industry expert also believes that the delivery of these two helicopter carriers would not significantly further tip the balance of power in
the Black Sea for the Russians.
The “Vladivostok”, whose delivery to the Russian navy is set for the last quarter of 2014, is to join Moscow’s Pacific fleet. Its sister ship
“Sevastopol”, still under construction, is named after the Crimean strategic harbour at the centre of the current Ukrainian crisis.
More here : www.france24.com...
Got this from France24 who are fairly neutral and don't tend to take all political banter as the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.