The Northern Fleet will include the world’s first combat icebreakers
In 2019-2020, the Russian Arctic naval group will be replenished with ships of a new class – combat icebreakers. These will be multifunctional vessels capable of operating as icebreakers, as well as towing and combat patrolling.
The first icebreaker, built last week at the Admiralty Shipyards, was named in honor of the legendary Soviet polar explorer Ivan Papanin. The displacement of the new vessel is more than 7.5 thousand tons, the length is 115 meters, the speed is 19 knots. He will be able to split a half-meter ice and make transitions up to 12 thousand km.
In addition to the protection and monitoring of natural resources, the watchdog icebreakers of project 23550 will be able to support and tow other vessels, carry out rescue operations.
According to experts, it is possible that they will equip well-proven cruise missiles Caliber-NK and artillery complex AK-176MA.
“Ivan Papanin” will be the world’s first combat icebreaker. No one has ever built ice-class combat ships before. Similar to the characteristics of the ships plans to develop Canada.