Russian occupation authorities in Crimea are set to start construction of a universal landing warship, a new helicopter carrier.

The construction will be launched at the Zaliv shipyard in the city of Kerch, so-called "deputy minister of industrial policy of Crimea", Elena Elekchyan, told Russian news agency TASS.

"The issue of designing and deploying a universal landing ship project at the Zaliv shipyard is being worked out," she said.

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The pilot ship will be built and handed over to a customer as part of the 2027 state rearmament program, while a serial one will be built before early 2030s.

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Universal landing ships, also called helicopter carriers, are capable of carrying a large group of heavy helicopters for various purposes (up to 16 helicopters at Mistral and over 30 at U.S.-type Wasp), and also several hundred to a thousand or more Marines. The ships, able to transport armored vehicles, have a dock for boats and other watercraft to ensure landing.