Construction of Rossiya nuclear icebreaker begins
The construction of the world's most powerful nuclear icebreaker, a Project 10510 Lider-class vessel, has begun at the Zvezda Shipyard in the Primorye Territory. The ship was named Rossiya (Russia) and is to enter service in 2027.
"The Project 10510 ship is unmatched. The unique nuclear icebreaker has exceptional technical characteristics that will enable it to guarantee year-round operations in the eastern Arctic. <…> The Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation supported the initiative of Rosatomflot to give the name Rossiya to the high-powered nuclear icebreaker of Project 10510," said General Director of Rosatomflot Mustafa Kashka.
The nuclear icebreaker will be built according to the technical design of the Iceberg Central Design Bureau. It will have a capacity of 120 MW (shaft power), speed of 22 knots (in clear water), length of 209 meters and width of 47.7 meters. The Rossiya will be able to penetrate ice up to four meters thick and displace almost 70,000 metric tons. The vessel will also be equipped with a nuclear power unit with two RITM-400 reactors.