On October 25, Russia launched the lead ship of a new class of ice-rated warships, the 8,500-ton ‘Ivan Papanin’, at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg. The ‘combat icebreaker’ is designed for security operations in the Arctic region.
The work on the Ivan Papanin started in April 2017 and the warship is expected to be commissioned in 2022-2023. The 114-meter-long warship can be used as a patrol ship, a tug or an icebreaker for other vessels.
The Ivan Papanin is armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and a 76.2mm naval gun. It includes a helipad, with a hangar for a reconnaissance helicopter and bays for two Raptor-class speedboats.
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