China is not a competitor: Russia has laid down the fourth most powerful icebreaker in the world


On Tuesday, May 26, the fourth nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220 was laid down at the Baltic Shipyard. The first two vessels, Sibir and Ural, are at the shipyard of varying degrees of readiness, and the lead icebreaker Arktika is in the final stages of testing.


Ships of project 22220 have a two-draft design, which allows them not only to break the Arctic ice, but also to go to the mouths of Siberian rivers. At the same time, our icebreakers are considered the most powerful in the world, which allows Russia to dominate the Arctic.

To this day, no country in the world could compete with us in this niche. However, on the eve of its ambitions, China announced that it had begun developing its own nuclear program.

It is worth noting that the Celestial Empire in 2018 has already built the icebreaker "Snow Dragon - 2". However, the vessel is diesel-electric and cannot compete with ships equipped with a nuclear power plant.

China decided to reach a new level in 2019, completing the development of a project of its own nuclear icebreaker and announcing a tender for its construction. According to the technical characteristics, the PRC ship is comparable with our vessels of project 22220.

However, when the Celestial Empire can launch its icebreaker into the water is unknown. The fact is that China has learned to build nuclear power plants for submarines, but not for surface ships.

However, be that as it may, in Russia there is already a development that will consolidate our leadership in the Arctic for a long time. We are talking about the nuclear icebreaker "Leader", the construction of which will start this year. The vessel is capable of breaking ice over 4 meters thick and significantly exceeds the project 22220 ships in its characteristics.

Commissioning of the icebreaker is scheduled for 2027. At the same time, three such vessels will be built in Russia.

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  1. Igor Pavlovich Offline
    Igor Pavlovich (Igor Pavlovich) 28 May 2020 21: 14
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    I am embarrassed to ask - why do China icebreakers ??? Has anyone ever seen ice in the Yellow Sea? what
    1. magma Offline
      magma (Tatyana) 29 May 2020 17: 32
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      And I'm not shy to ask - why do you need a head ???
      1. Bakht Offline
        Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 30 May 2020 11: 28
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        - Lieutenant, why do you need a head?
        - What do you mean why? I eat in it!

        Just a joke without any back thought. :-)
      2. Igor Pavlovich Offline
        Igor Pavlovich (Igor Pavlovich) 30 May 2020 14: 31
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        If you know, tell me ... At the same time, you can try to answer the asked question. hi
    2. Bitter Offline
      Bitter (Gleb) 31 May 2020 18: 03
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      Probably to rent Eskimos. good
      Tomorrow they rivet everyone who needs and does not need these icebreakers in packs and begin to surf the Arctic anywhere.
      Question. Does this movement have a positive impact on the ecology of the region?
      They break "ice", and then they will scratch their turnips.