Russia will start building a new class of amphibious ships in 2020 to replace two French-designed Mistral-class vessels that were blocked from being delivered in 2014 by international sanctions.
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has now approved the inclusion of the project in its 2018-2027 State Armaments Programme (GPV), according to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Oleg Ryazantsev.
In comments reported by state news agency TASS on 17 September, Ryazantsev told attendees at the Neva-2019 forum in St Petersburg that the "creation of a universal amphibious ship for the navy has been included in the state programme for armaments.
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