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Russia to launch Arktika nuclear icebreaker in the next few weeks
© RIA Novosti. Evgeniya Novozhenina

Russia to launch Arktika nuclear icebreaker in the next few weeks

The Project 22220 universal nuclear icebreaker Arktika will be set afloat in St. Petersburg in the next few weeks, RIA Novosti reports, citing United Shipbuilding Corporation President Alexei Rakhmanov.

"The final date has not been set so far, but this event will take place in the next two weeks or a few days later," Rakhmanov said.

The Arktika double-draft vessel is to become the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker. The ship is 173.3 meters long and 34 meters wide, and displaces 33,540 metric tons. The icebreaker has a two-reactor propulsion unit equipped with steam generators. The new Ritm-200 generation propulsion unit was designed specifically for this ship.