With the aim to make sea voyages a lot easier, Russia is building the world’s most powerful and largest icebreaker. It is a first leader-class nuclear icebreaker that is being constructed by Russia’s Zvezda shipyard and the vessel is going to be named after the country itself i.e. ‘Russia’.
The company is quite sure about the fact that it will go down in history as the most powerful icebreaker as it has no analogs in the world. Zvezda and Rosatomflot signed a contract for the construction of the icebreaker in April after which the ‘Leader’, or new Project 10510 icebreaker got the green light to start working on the same. It is most likely to be operational by 2027.
This unique icebreaker comes with many exceptional characteristics to operate year-round in the eastern Arctic. For instance, the new Leader-class icebreakers will be able to cut through a 4.3-meter-thick ice sheet and it can stay at sea for eight months without entering a port. The new icebreakers have the ability to pack twice as much punch and can boast a 120-MWatt power plant as compared to the 60-MWatt output of the Arktika. It dwarfs any existing nuclear-powered icebreaker, including the world’s most powerful Project 22220 Russian icebreakers which is currently under construction.