In the Navy of Russia can enter a special grouping of ships the icebreaker and ice class to protect Islands and the Arctic coast of the country, according to “Izvestia” with reference to the Advisor to the General Director of Krylov state scientific center Valery Polovinkin.
Among the reasons of active development of Russia’s military infrastructure in the North and the archipelagos of the Arctic seas Polovinkin called the accommodation in the region of the American ships with cruise missiles, long-range BGM-109. Before the Russian war the task of a permanent presence in the region as a year-round sea links it can only provide icebreaking fleet, said the source publication.
“The recent exercises of the Armed forces on landing on the Kotelny island in the Arctic with the support of the Northern fleet showed that even with the support of the icebreaker fleet of conventional warships are unable to operate freely in the Arctic: the thickness of the sides of even the most modern of them is not enough in order to withstand the impact of ice,” said Polovinkin.
According to him, the shock of the ice class vessels that can join the group will be capable of carrying artillery and missiles. “The face of domestic impact of ship ice class is still under discussion with the military. But we can already say that much he will take from the new icebreaker LK-110Я “Leader”, said Polovinkin.
As told “Izvestia” CEO and chief designer of CDB “iceberg” (a subsidiary of the Krylov state research centre), Alexander Ryzhkov, is the first vessel of the ice class, which will be installed a nuclear reactor of new generation RITM-400. The ship will pass through two meters of ice at a speed of 14 knots (normal icebreakers for the same ice thickness moving no faster than two knots).
Attack ships of ice class to operate in conjunction with breakers, because the past is still not possible to install the arms because of the design of the housing, said Polovinkin.