France to sell Egypt two warships previously contracted to Russia
France has agreed to sell Egypt two Mistral-class helicopter carriers that were previously contracted to go to Russia, the Elysee Palace announced Wednesday.
The previous $1.3 billion contract with Moscow was signed in 2011 by the French government under Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency, but was suspended last year in the midst of violent unrest in eastern Ukraine.
The warships are powerful amphibious assault vessels equipped with six helicopter landing zones. Each of them can carry up to 16 heavy helicopters, along with tanks and about 500 troops. Details