Fuel issue for new helicopter carriers: Russian official

2013-02-05 13:59:38 GMT2013-02-05 21:59:38(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOSCOW, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Russian government needed to make a decision urgently on how to fuel the two Mistral class helicopter carriers now being built in France, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday.

Russia did not produce the appropriate fuel, Rogozin told reporters during a visit to a local scientific and research institution.

"Perhaps, some special add-ons will be invented by our chemical experts to solve that problem," he said.

He said Russian and French military and technical experts would discuss the problem on Feb.14-15.

Russia's Defense Ministry paid 1.5 billion U.S. dollars to French contractors for two helicopter carriers in 2011 and planned to order two more. The first Mistral should be completed in 2014 and the other in 2015.

The 21,300-ton highly automated warship is capable of transporting and deploying 16 helicopters, four landing barges, up to 70 armored vehicles, including 13 battle tanks, and about 450 troops.

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