Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

French Warship for Russia 'Won't Work in Cold' - Minister
Ria Novosti ^ | 26/01/2013

Posted on 01/26/2013 8:29:18 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki

French Warship for Russia 'Won't Work in Cold' - Minister

MOSCOW, January 26 (RIA Novosti) - Two amphibious assault ships bought for the Russian Navy from France in a 1.2 billion euro deal will not be able to operate in temperatures below seven degrees centigrade, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin admitted on Saturday, in critical comments about the contract.

"It's very odd that ships for offloading a landing force, floating in our latitudes won't work in temperatures below seven degrees," said Rogozin, who has special responsibilities for the defense industry, in a meeting of the Academy of Military Science on Saturday. He did not elaborate on why the ships would not work in cool temperatures.

Russia signed the 1.2 billion euro deal in June 2011 for two of the Mistral ships, which will carry helicopters to support landings by marines. The first of the ships is due for delivery in 2014.

Rogozin was appointed to his current post only in December 2011.

The first Mistral is due to be deployed in Russia's Pacific Fleet, based in the port of Vladivostok, which is ice-free all year round but still experiences months of severe winter cold. The second is due to be deployed with the Northern Fleet, which also has ice-free bases, due to the Gulf Stream, but also experience very cold temperatures for several months a year.

It is the second time this week that the Mistral deal has come under fire from a senior defense official. On Thursday, Military-Industrial Commission Deputy Head Ivan Kharchenko described the deal to buy the ships as “absurd,” saying the deal had inflicted harm on the Russian shipbuilding industry.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: dmitryrogozin; europeanunion; france; lhd; mistral; nato; russia

1 posted on 01/26/2013 8:29:31 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/algoof.wav


2 posted on 01/26/2013 8:33:09 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

Looks like it could also be tipped over easily by drunken frat boys.


3 posted on 01/26/2013 8:39:19 AM PST by x
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki
Russia signed the 1.2 billion euro deal in June 2011 for two of the Mistral ships,

Name is ironic since "mistral" is a French word for the fierce cold winds blowing down from the Alps.

4 posted on 01/26/2013 8:39:27 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

Ugly slab-sided target.

I’d be hard pressed to design something with a bigger RCS.

Hell is where the British are the chefs, the Swiss are the lovers, the Germans run the government and the french? The french are the engineers...


5 posted on 01/26/2013 8:53:36 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki
Seven degrees Celsius is 44.6 in real numbers. Not particularly cold. One supposes that for this deal to go forward money changed hands though other than official channels. Given the countries involved, almost certainly, a priori.
6 posted on 01/26/2013 8:54:18 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Please, don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

Well, at least it looks like it will work in water. (Unless, of course that picture is not photoshopped)


7 posted on 01/26/2013 8:55:33 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki
hell, IIRC it get's that cold even in the Med...
8 posted on 01/26/2013 9:15:08 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

Yikes. Nothing elegant about that thing.


9 posted on 01/26/2013 9:21:10 AM PST by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

This thing looks like a floating movable castle...not really stealthy in any definable way..


10 posted on 01/26/2013 9:31:34 AM PST by Fedupwithit (You gave him what he wanted. I gave him what he needed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Fedupwithit

French boat, love boat, freedom boat, I could think of a few instead of war boat.


11 posted on 01/26/2013 9:35:15 AM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

She’s a real beauty!

Let’s hope the Russians get more military help from the French.

(Hoping I don’t need the /s tag...)


12 posted on 01/26/2013 9:41:45 AM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: null and void

Yeah - looks like it has the RCS of a small island. Probably top heavy and rolls like crazy even in a modest sea. Huge sail area, probably a handful in port on any day with more than a puff of breeze. Oh, and doesn’t work in cold? I wonder if anyone checked it out in hot environments either.


13 posted on 01/26/2013 9:53:09 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

I guess the Russians forgot how well the French Army operated in the cold also. Napoleon is laughing from hell.


14 posted on 01/26/2013 9:56:07 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki
Well, the Russians have always been looking for warm water ports ...
15 posted on 01/26/2013 10:04:32 AM PST by x
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin
But you should see la cuisine!
16 posted on 01/26/2013 11:09:38 AM PST by kenavi (Lost the country? Win your state.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: bmwcyle

Russia—listen to your shipbuilders! Build your own ships! That way you can make them work in your brutal climate. Its going to cost a pretty penny (or a shinny ruble) to re-fit those ships to work in the Baltic.


17 posted on 01/26/2013 12:09:55 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

Remember the French aircraft carrier with opaque windows in the tower? The same one that was damaged by vibrating washing machines?


18 posted on 01/26/2013 1:00:35 PM PST by ozzymandus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: x

Imagine trying to park it in a cross wind. sd


19 posted on 01/26/2013 1:00:49 PM PST by shotdog (I love my country. It's our government I'm afraid of.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Yeah, France, boats, military vessels, good thinkin’. ;’)

Thanks sukhoi-30mki.


20 posted on 01/26/2013 5:27:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Forward the Light Brigade

In fact Russians know a things or two about building ships. US Military Sealift Command operates former-Soviet ship for most critical missions. No French ships so far.


21 posted on 01/26/2013 5:41:51 PM PST by cunning_fish
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: JudgemAll

Conveniently enough, the damn thing won’t work in the warm either..so it’s a moot point.. : )


22 posted on 01/26/2013 6:42:48 PM PST by Fedupwithit (You gave him what he wanted. I gave him what he needed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

*Snicker*


23 posted on 01/27/2013 7:30:07 PM PST by TheOldLady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

Shouldn’t be a problem for year round operations so long as the Russians only use them 30 degrees on either side of the equator.


24 posted on 01/27/2013 7:44:05 PM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki; gandalftb; TigerLikesRooster

It might be -7C (19.4F) but it is very strange that the vessel is unable to operate in the winter.

The Russians are probably angry at someone in Dallas (2:38) in this extremely strange video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RsdkV9Z0QjE#! Is this an official video with an attack on Texas?


25 posted on 01/28/2013 2:59:09 AM PST by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson