Icebreaker tests confirm design parameters
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Icebreaker tests confirm design parameters

Tests of the model of a new Russian nuclear-powered Leader-class icebreaker show that it meets design specifications, said Rosatomflot Director General Vyacheslav Ruksha who spoke at the Nuclear Icebreaker Fleet and Arctic Exploration conference at the Kurchatov Institute.

"I would like to remind you that the ship's ice tests have been conducted and they showed that in two-meter-thick ice the icebreaker moved at a speed of 10 to 12 knots and cut a 52-meter-wide canal," Ruksha said as quoted by RIA Novosti.

The Krylov State Research Center and the Iceberg Central Design Bureau conducted the tests in April 2017. The purpose of the tests was to confirm that the shape of the hull would ensure the project's parameters that are required for leading heavy-tonnage vessels in two-meter-thick ice.

"Now the Krylov Research Center will conduct the final tests," Ruksha added.

Project 10510 Leader icebreakers are supposed to be the most powerful in the world with a capacity of 120 MW. The icebreaker's designer is the Iceberg Central Design Bureau.