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Russia to Build Three Nuclear-Powered Project 10510 Leader Icebreakers by 2024-2025

Naval Forces News - Russia
Russia to Build Three Nuclear-Powered Project 10510 Leader Icebreakers by 2024-2025
Three new-generation nuclear icebreakers of project 10510 (Leader) are planned to be built by 2024-2025, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told Russia 24 TV channel.
Project 10510 Leader classProject 10510 Leader class icebreaker
"We plan to develop more powerful new-generation icebreakers. The project is called Leader. After the completion of the business plan designed under the auspices of Rosatom nuclear agency it would be possible to build at least three icebreakers of over 100MWt capacity by 2024-2025," he said.

According to Manturov, the Leader will become the biggest and most powerful icebreaker in the world.

It has been reported that the tender for technical documentation of the new-generation Leader nuclear icebreaker with 120MWt capacity would be announced in the near future. The Krylov Central Research Institute jointly with the Iceberg Design Bureau is engaged in the project for the Russian nuclear fleet. The icebreaker is supposed to break four-meter thick ice.

It was reported that the Iceberg Design Bureau is developing the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world of project 10510 with a 120MW capacity.

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The vessel can reportedly break up ice with maximum thickness of 4.3 meters and lead cargo vessels at a speed of 11 knots in two-meter thick ice thus ensuring efficient navigation along the Northern Sea Route. The Leader can develop the route into a permanently operating waterway as it would provide year-round support to vessels on schedule regardless of weather conditions and ice situation. The icebreaker would be crucial for transporting hydrocarbons from Yamal deposits to Asian and Pacific Rim countries.