CAIRO: Egypt will receive two Helicopter Carriers ‘Mistral‘ from France in June and September, an anonymous source told AFP Friday.
The delivery will be carried out after an Egyptian crew of 360 mariners would receive their trainings and exercise in St-Nazaire submarine base, west of France, the official added.
In October 2015, Egypt and France officially signed a military deal on two Mistral-class warships.
The warships were produced for Russia per a contract between Paris and Moscow; however, the deal was annulled due to European sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014 over Ukraine crisis. Later Egypt has signed the deal with France and will be financed by Saudi funds.
Egyptian Navy Commander Osama Rabei visited France in January and discussed with his French counterpart Admiral Bernard Roge enhancing military cooperation, Egyptian Ministry of Defense announced. Rabei inspected the French Mistral-class “Tonnerre”, an amphibious assault helicopter carrier. He also visited the headquarters of the French company “DCNS” where a number of military naval units are being newly built.
In October, DCNS stated that the company will deliver Egypt two mistral-class projection and command ships (BPCs) in the summer of 2016.