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Lavina [Avalanche] Large Landing Ship

The Russian Krylov State Research Center has developed the Lavina [Avalanche] helicopter carrier project to replace the Mistral-class warships that were not delivered by France, a high-ranking official in the Russian military industrial complex said.

The Russian Krylov State Research Center has developed an alternative to the Mistral project of a helicopter carrier, called the Lavina, with a water displacement of 24,000 tons, which is even larger than the French-made ship [of 21,000 tons], the official said 18 June 2015 at the Army-2015 military expo outside Moscow.

According to the official, the new warship is a semi-trimaran with capabilities to sail 5,000 miles at 18 knots without service calls and a maximum speed of 22 knots. The vessel will carry 320 crewmembers and can take on an additional 500 troops or 50 armored vehicles.

According to the source, the project involves the basing of 16 helicopters, including anti-submarine and search-and-rescue Ka-27 transport-combat Ka-29 and Ka-52K strike. It is also expected to have on board six landing craft project 11770 "Chamois" or six amphibious assault craft project 03160 "Raptor". The ship is armed with a gun mounts AK-176m and AK-630M-2 "Duet" and maritime air defense systems "Carapace-M."

The representative of the High Command of the Navy told "Interfax" that "Surf" will be our response "Mistral". According to him, this unique project will not be repeated technical developments and systems that are already on the French helicopter. "On the" Surf "everything will be domestic: and the landing craft and the wing, and weapon system," - the source said. Production trends can already begin in 2016.

Under the $1.5 billion warship contract, signed in 2011, France agreed to sell two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia but the handover was suspended as Paris expressed disapproval of Moscow's alleged interference in the Ukrainian crisis. Russia has repeatedly denied its involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.

In late May 2015, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Military Industrial Complex Oleg Bochkaryov said that Russia planned to build its own Mistral-class helicopter carriers. In December 2014 the sources in the defense industry have stated that a new amphibious ship for the Navy should correspond approximately to the basic parameters of the Dutch amphibious assault ship of the "Rotterdam" or "Johan de Witt" selected as a sample. Those with a displacement of 14-16 million tons, transported to 500-600 Marines are on board and six helicopters and a set of floating landing craft.

Previously, ships of this type have already been considered as competitors to the French project "Mistral". In summer 2009, amphibious assault ship "Johan de Witt" type "Rotterdam" was shown at the St. Petersburg International Maritime Defense Show. However, in 2011, she was awarded the contract for the construction of two helicopter type "Mistral", totaling 1.2 billion euros. France refused to transmit the Russian ships between Moscow and Paris, with negotiations on the shape and volume of monetary compensation for breach of contract.

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