Accession Number : ADA547750


Title :   A Study of the Russian Acquisition of the French "Mistral" Amphibious Assault Warships


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS


Personal Author(s) : Baker, Patrick T.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA547750


Report Date : JUN 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 152


Abstract : In 2009, Moscow opened negotiations with Paris to purchase the Mistral class amphibious assault ship. In December 2010, Russia indicated that it was prepared to move forward with an agreement to buy two Mistral class warships, with the option of building two more jointly at a Russian shipyard. Neither Russia nor the Soviet Union ever possessed a vessel with the capabilities of the Mistral class. An amphibious assault ship will be an important new addition to the Soviet/Russian naval arsenal. However, because Russia must turn to foreign suppliers to modernize its fleet capabilities indicates that Russia's domestic arms industry lacks the capability to produce a range of modern warships. The Mistral is the first significant arms sale of a major NATO power (France) to a country that some still see as a threat. For this reason, the sale has raised fears among the smaller NATO members, who charge that Paris has brushed aside their security concerns for national and economic reasons. This thesis argues that the Mistral sale is driven by Russia's need to acquire modern command and control and shipbuilding technologies, rather than increase its amphibious assault capabilities per se.


Descriptors :   *AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIPS , *DEFENSE INDUSTRY , *FOREIGN MILITARY SALES , *MILITARY MODERNIZATION , *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , *REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY) , *RUSSIA , AGREEMENTS , COOPERATION , EUROPEAN UNION , FRANCE , INDUSTRIAL MODERNIZATION , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , NATO , SHIPBUILDING , THESES


Subject Categories : MFG & INDUSTRIAL ENG & CONTROL OF PRODUCT SYS
      MARINE ENGINEERING
      LOGISTICS, MILITARY FACILITIES AND SUPPLIES
      MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS


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