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Construction of new icebreaker for Russian Navy to start April 23

April 03, 2015, 8:31 UTC+3 St PETERSBURG
Project 21180 icebreakers will assist operations of naval ships on ice-covered seas and will help towing maneuvers
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St PETERSBURG, April 2. /TASS/. Flagship of a new family of naval icebreakers will be laid at the Admiralteyskiye Verfi shipyards in St Petersburg on April 23, a source at the Main Staff of the Russian Navy told TASS on Thursday.

The icebreaker will get the name of The Ilya Muromets after the superman hero of olden Russian legends and will be put on the tables of equipment of the Northern Fleet.

Alexey Rakhmanov, the president of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation said earlier that construction of a whole family of icebreakers of the type for operations in the Arctic areas was possible in the future.

Project 21180 icebreakers will assist operations of naval ships on ice-covered seas and will help towing maneuvers. They will have water displacement of 6,000 tons, operational sustainability of up to 60 days, and a cruising range of 12,000 miles.

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