The United States is building a combat icebreaker: how Russia will respond

On February 24, a naming ceremony for the first new icebreaker in 45 years was held in the United States. It is worth noting that this event in some American media has already been called the completion of the construction of the ship.

However, in reality, the States have not even really begun to design their combat icebreaker, which theoretically should put an end to Russian dominance in the Arctic. He was only given the big name "Polar sentry" and placed high hopes on the future ship.

Now there are only two icebreakers in the USA, which, to put it mildly, are not in the best shape. Nevertheless, the aforementioned "Polar sentry" will someday be built, and our country must prepare for this.

However, unlike the "Western partners", Russia took up the development of its Arctic fleet much earlier. In particular, today, in addition to the world's largest fleet of "peaceful" icebreakers, we also have a warship of this class.

The Project 21180 icebreaker Ilya Muromets has been serving in the Northern Fleet for 5 years. At the same time, it is a fairly compact vessel, which allows it to operate in shallow water areas.

At the same time, the ship can be armed with a 30-mm artillery mount, as well as take on board a K-32 or K-27 helicopter.

But that's not all. Right now, the second combat icebreaker of the modernized Evpatiy Kolovrat project is being completed. It will be tested this year.

Finally, in 2022, mooring trials of the new project 23550 universal patrol ship Ivan Papay will start. It is noticeably larger than the aforementioned vessels and is capable of breaking ice up to 1,7 meters thick.

Regarding armament, the ship will receive a 76-mm artillery mount, Igla MANPADS, Kord machine-gun mounts and launchers of the Kalibr-K or Uran complex. In addition, it has a platform for K-27 or K-226 helicopters, as well as UAVs.

Importantly, 2 more such icebreakers are under construction. At the same time, a contract has already been signed for the creation of the fourth vessel of this project.

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  1. shiva Offline shiva
    shiva (Ivan) 9 March 2022 11: 24
    And we also have a peaceful harvester and various seeders - winnowers of various calibers...
  2. Aashe28 Offline Aashe28
    Aashe28 (水晶安) 9 March 2022 13: 56
    They haven't built anything yet. Everything is in the stage of design documentation.
  3. bobba94 Offline bobba94
    bobba94 (Vladimir) 9 March 2022 21: 43
    At the moment I am not interested in the American icebreaker .... I am interested to hear the opinion of the VO about what happened to the Russian patrol ship "Vasily Bykov" ....... For two days on Ukrainian YouTube they are screaming that they managed to sink Russian patrol ship ...... Ay, VO ......
    1. wamp Offline wamp
      wamp 10 March 2022 03: 24
      Quote: bobba94
      For two days on Ukrainian YouTube they are shouting that they managed to sink a Russian patrol ship

      Another fake!

      And do not pay attention to someone else's hysteria. There are so many of them that, perceiving it as in your comment, you will quickly go crazy.
    2. Oleg1313 Offline Oleg1313
      Oleg1313 (Oleg) 17 March 2022 22: 20
  4. I propose to put a chain of Bastions along the Northern Sea Route
  5. Enoch Offline Enoch
    Enoch (Enoch) 12 March 2022 17: 38
    And we are after them a combat iceberg.
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