Russia launches its first missile-laden "combat icebreaker" warship that can cut through thick ice while Putin tries to increase its presence in the Arctic
- The Ivan Papanin can cut through almost five feet of ice and is heavily armed
- A ship of 8,500 tons is the leader of a new class of warships with an ice-resistant navy
- Work began on a 375-foot ship in 2017 and it will be ready for use in 2023
Russia has its first & # 39; combat icebreaker & # 39; to increase its military presence in the Arctic.
The Ivan Papanin can cut through almost five feet of ice and is heavily armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and a 76.2 mm cannon.
It will act as the basis for a Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopter and two Raptor-class speedboats.
The Ivan Papanin, the first & # 39; combat ice breaker & # 39; of Russia, can cut through almost five feet of ice and is heavily armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and a 76.2 mm gun
The 8,500-tonne ship, launched in St Petersburg, is the leading ship of a new class of warships in the Russian navy.
The icebreaker will strengthen Russian interests in the Arctic, where the country exploits huge offshore oil and gas reserves.
Work on the 375-foot ship started in 2017 and it will be ready for use in 2022 or 2023.
The 8,500-ton ship launched in St Petersburg is the leading ship of a new class of warships in the Russian Navy
The ship will have a crew of 60.
The ship will be able to complete two-month missions with a range of 6,000 nautical miles.
RT – a state-owned Russian media network – reported: & # 39; Intercepted offenders can be dragged to the port for detention without external assistance.
& # 39; The Ivan Papanin can also serve as a transport ship for sensitive military cargo or as a support ship in a combat group.
Work on the 375-foot ship started in 2017 and it will be ready for use in 2022 or 2023
The Russian navy already has an ice breaker called the Ilya Muromets, which is unarmed.
In recent years, Moscow has expanded its military patrols and bases in its vast Arctic.
Western estimates suggest that there are huge untapped energy sources in the Arctic, consisting of 90 billion barrels of oil, 1.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 44 billion barrels of natural gas liquids.
Moscow is requesting UN approval for its claim that underwater ridges mean that the continental shelf must be expanded, thereby increasing the right to exploit untapped reserves.
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