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Sat May 25, 2019, 07:41 PM

Russia Floats Third In Class Of Nuclear Icebreakers Set To Guide Ships Through Arctic


Published time: 25 May, 2019 18:42
Edited time: 25 May, 2019 20:55




Russia has floated its third next-gen nuclear icebreaker – the Ural – designed to lead ships through the thickest ice sheets in the Arctic. When completed these type of vessels will become the world's largest and most powerful.

The Ural is the third ship of Project 22220, set to become the most powerful and biggest nuclear icebreakers in the world. The icebreakers of this type are expected to be able to crush through an ice sheet of up to three meters thick. The colossal ships are measured over 170 meters long – like a full-scale athletics stadium – and are as tall as a five-story building in its superstructure section.

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The other two vessels, the Arktika and the Sibir have been floated over the past few years and remain under construction. The Ural itself is scheduled to be fully completed by 2022.

The maiden ship, the Arktika, started receiving its first batch of nuclear fuel in mid-May, and is expected to enter service later this year. The ships of Project 22220 are designed to be capable of operating both in blue water and in rather shallow debouchments of Siberian rivers.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 12:11 AM

1. According to some these ships are already obsolete.

What use is an icebreaker when the Arctic ice is going to disappear?

All snark aside, icebreakers are one class of ship the Russians tend to get right.

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Sun May 26, 2019, 06:08 AM

2. What ice?

Besides, we only have 11 years left. Waste of time and money.

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