August 30 – In a remarkable turnabout, Moscow is going to purchase specially
modified naval frigates from Beijing, the result of Russia’s declining ability
to produce ships at home and its inability to buy them in the West because of
sanctions and China’s growing arms production especially in the naval sector.
Elena Tarakanova reports on this remarkable turnaround. “Already a long time
ago, the Russian state in fact loss the ability to produce major vessels,” she
says, and had to purchase them abroad, first from the West and now from China
which only became a naval power recently (profi-forex.org/novosti-mira/entry1008313883.html).
the Moscow arms show ten days ago, China showed off drawings for four universal
descent vessels with displacements of 40,000 tons, exactly the kind of ship
Russian military planners are now focusing on to defend their coastal areas and
project power in Russia’s neighborhood.
media outlets have since reported that Russia plans to purchase a variety of
weapons from China in the near future, adding that it is especially interested
in the new Chinese frigate which recall the French Mistral which Russia purchased but was not able to take delivery of
because of sanctions (news.rambler.ru/weapon/40670467-teper-kitay-vooruzhaet-rossiyu/).
shipbuilder involved has designated the model the 054AE, with the letter E
referring to Russia in Chinese (Éluósī), thus indicating that China is ready, willing and able to modify its
frigate to meet Russian requirements and to offer Moscow the equivalent of the Mistral for its future needs.