China will buy a Mistral warship?


Russia built two Mistral class amphibious assault ship of the Frenchgovernment has now become a “hot potato”

Ever since French President Francois Hollande decided not to deliver two Mistral class amphibious assault ship to Russia, the outside world have continued to speculate on how France will handle this breach of contract worth up to 1.2 billion euros in.

French arms sales to China recently impossible

In addition to the already paid 800 million euros, always of Guolao being repeatedly asked France to compensation under the contract up to 12 billion euros penalty. 12 billion Euro of course impossible, military and trade contracts between countries are often not comprehensive and balanced, but only two parties in the political compromise that President Vladimir Putin had “generous” to represent France as long as the guy paying the money paid back to Russia it. But Putin generosity that is owned by Putin, Putin’s younger brother who will certainly find ways to pull a body in the Gallic rooster hair, out of breath.

In addition to the high price of liquidated damages, the French people have a thing to a headache that has been built two Mistral ships go from here? French navy warship has three siblings, two military is not allowed to increase. Now two northwest wind ship stopped at the pier, the French government have to spend up to a month mooring, maintenance, security and other costs 500 million euros.

For France, the penalty is not paid to Russia, how much to pay? You can talk slowly and quickly for these two “hot potato” to find a good next home is down to business. Otherwise, every month five million Euro, 60 million Euro a year down the have.


Early Russian northwest wind ship prepared a number of ancillary equipment, facilities, and now they are reasonable grounds to these claims.


Ukraine before the crisis, the Russian Navy personnel even training has been carried out in France the Vessel

Early Russian northwest wind ship prepared a number of ancillary equipment, facilities, and now they are reasonable grounds to these claims.

Ukraine before the crisis, the Russian Navy personnel have even been trained to carry out the Vessel in France.

However, trade in arms on top of these things are often “the emperor is not urgent eunuch urgent.” It does not say what the French government, the national media, experts began to speculate who northwest wind when two destroyers, “then set the Man.” Since the amphibious assault ship is a strategic equipment, few countries can then set, so the experts guessing or only put the hat on his head to China. Because China has been raised offshore delivery capability urgent needs, the Navy amphibious assault ship class is missing, the most critical is that the Chinese have money!

However, the Chinese navy could not have purchasing Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, the rule of law, or that the sale of French warships to China now impossible.

Compared with Russia, the West China has extremely strict arms embargo. Ukraine crisis because France does not deliver the ship to the Russian northwest wind, is only temporary political coordination with the United States, and the arms embargo, but that there is a policy provision in black and white.

Zhuhai Airshow in the past so many sessions, in addition to consideration for military exchanges, the most recent session of the aircraft to the US military active duty C-17 transport aircraft, but no longer have any one of Western weapons and equipment came to China on display, not to mention the sale of the.

It can be said, to be warmer US-Russian relations, the French continue to ship Russian northwest wind possibility delivered, much larger than the two warships to resell China, which is almost zero probability.

Recent French Mistral-class amphibious assault ship sent to China, many people speculated that France is not in marketing.

Chinese navy can not buy Mistral class amphibious assault ship of another reason that poor performance northwest wind ship. Although it is said to be “amphibious assault ship,” but if the US amphibious assault ship Wasp class as the benchmark, the Hornets level compared to the limousine, then northwest wind can only be counted as “three-hop son,” even cars are considered not on.

French Mistral-class amphibious assault ship tonnage of small, only 16,500 tons standard displacement, full load displacement of 21,300 tons only. Its full formula although the flight deck area reached 5,200 square meters; but the hangar under the flight deck / vehicle to accommodate the library area of ​​only 1,800 square meters, the standard configuration can accommodate 16 NH-90 medium-lift helicopters; further down is a dedicated vehicle deck and dock space, special vehicle deck area of ​​1,000 square meters, can only load 12 battle tanks or 60 light armored vehicles; northwest wind ship dock space is fairly standard and can accommodate two LCAC air cushion landing craft or four LCM landing craft.

It must be mentioned that the Mistral class ship displacement of only 20,000 tons, but is configured with three decks, hull design has become as tall with civil RoRo, high center of gravity of the ship sailing under the bad weather, war is unfavorable a.


The existence of the problem of excessive focus Mistral class amphibious assault ship

Power, northwest wind class amphibious assault ship actually uses an advanced all-electric propulsion, biaxial sculls, four alternator (three hosts, 1 auxiliary), 2 propulsion motor. But the host northwest wind ship used for the Wartsila 16V32 diesel generator, single power 8300 horsepower (6.2 MW), three hosts only 25,000 hp maximum power, which leads to the maximum speed of the ship is just northwest wind 18 only and the auxiliary supply ship fairly.

Mistral class amphibious assault ship another big drawback is too weak armament, only two 30 mm guns, four machine guns and two 12.7 “Mistral” man anti-aircraft missile launchers. Such crude weapons configuration, in addition to playing pirates that, what irregular warfare are unable to meet. Although the amphibious assault ships to air defense requirements, but even a northwest wind near Artillery are not, apparently the most basic ability to intercept subsonic anti-ship missiles do not have.

France then called for strengthening maritime strategy should NATO transmission capacity, develop Mistral class amphibious assault ship of the main focus of the mission started. After the Cold War, France freeze the growth of military spending, to cope with the effects of inflation, try to drive down costs but also to develop a great guiding ideology when the northwest wind.

Thus, the amphibious assault ship Mistral class is more like a low-cost strategic delivery ship, speed low, weak arms, airworthiness poor, and the US Navy amphibious assault ship far from orthodox, it is difficult to assume high strength amphibious combat missions. Chinese navy task of shouldering the strategic implementation of high intensity amphibious landing operations from the performance point of view, China can not buy Mistral class amphibious assault ship.


US Wasp class amphibious assault ship delivery capacity is more than twice the northwest wind, and it is a real battleship

China is building four-ton amphibious assault ship

From domestic, or imported selection point of view, China’s domestic shipbuilding industry on the amphibious assault ship long study, the last two on Langkawi Defense Exhibition, the CSIC have exhibited trade edition amphibious assault ship models. This shows that the CSIC has completed the overall design of the amphibious assault ship, as long as there are customers, can immediately carry out the detailed design according to customer demand, investment construction.

As for the Chinese navy own version, in fact, as early as the end of 2013, Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo in the CCTV program will be revealed, “straight -10 and -19 may direct meeting amphibious assault ship, we are now developing a new generation of amphibious ship Tonnage great, amphibious assault ship is 40,000 tons, the future of large-scale assault helicopter above, we need this kind of armed helicopter escort. ”

This shows that the Chinese navy’s first amphibious assault ship Wasp class on the US military, the US amphibious assault ship line, a displacement of 40,000 tons level, can carry more than 30 aircraft attacked transport helicopter twice northwest wind, the tanks and armored vehicles loaded capacity nearly twice the northwest wind, you can load more than 30 battle tanks or greater number of light armored vehicles, additional dock space can accommodate two large air cushion landing craft. Thus the domestic one can own version of the amphibious assault ships transport a landing assault battalion and a tank battalion or mechanized infantry battalion.

119925481Shipbuilding Industry in the International Defense Exhibition trade show version of the amphibious assault ship model

In power, perhaps China’s all-electric propulsion technology has been behind, but China has a mature QC-280 marine gas turbine, completely independent research and development efforts are also among QC-185. QC-280 gas turbine maximum power of 28 MW (38,000 hp), according to US forces wasp grade class amphibious assault ship of the United States, two QC-280 gas turbine is sufficient to 40,000 tons-class warships pushed to more than 24 speed.

Shipboard air defense weapons, China has also has many mature equipment, 630 near Artillery, 730 near Artillery, 1130 near Artillery, FL-3000 short-range air defense missiles, 16 medium-range air defense missiles Red Sea and Red Sea 9 range air defense missiles, we can say the level of partner choice is yours. Since the amphibious assault ships are only responsible for their own safety, use 730 near Artillery, FL-3000 with short-range air defense missiles, which have the ability to have enough defense anti-ship cruise missiles.

Disclosure in accordance with the progress made weapons and equipment has been lagging two or three years of practice, the amphibious assault ship made this year would have finished the design, perhaps next year you can see the prototype in the dock.

119926138Domestic 1130 near Artillery is the world’s strongest power near Artillery

In summary, the recent French arms sales to China is impossible, northwest wind performance too weak to meet the needs of the Chinese navy, and China is also building its own amphibious assault ship. Prior to speculation that China will take over two Mistral class amphibious assault ship of the news, are nonsense, some experts waste water, and to attract some media attention Bale.




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