In December 2010, Russia and France signed an agreement on the construction of two helicopter "Mistral" in French shipyard. Two more ships of this type to be built under license in Russia. But from the beginning of 2011, information began to emerge that the countries can not reach final agreement on the cost of any ship, or by their number and configuration. According to the head of the state corporation "Russian Technologies" Chemezov, at the level of Heads of State agreed that the purchase price will include not only the ships but also technology. However, later, the French side has changed the requirements.
In June 2011, a contract worth 1.2 billion euros for the construction of two French helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy was signed.
Last December, the Public Council Chairman of the Military-Industrial Commission under the Russian government discussed the import of weapons and the effectiveness of such purchases. According to many military experts, for the Navy will be very difficult to operate this type of ships, and most importantly, in the course of the contract Russia will not receive any new and relevant technologies.
This week, the first deputy head of the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation Ivan Kharchenko confirmed that the decision on the construction of the third and fourth cases "Mistral" in Russia postponed until 2016. According to him, the decision to purchase these ships is ridiculous and damaging the domestic shipbuilding industry.
Also, the other day it was reported that the Defense Ministry does not intend to buy the Italian wheeled tank "Centaur", the tests that are currently held at the site in Kubinka. According to the Commander of the Army Vladimir Chirkina, these machines have many disadvantages. A few samples of these tanks have been purchased by the former Minister of Defense Serdyukov. However, their mass acquisition is planned.