Pinning the number on Putin, he is actually saying that Russia’s icebreakers will be superior to the icebreakers of other countries. The statement is a subtle jab at the U.S., Canada, and Norway, all of which have major ambitions in the Arctic. The icebreaker ‘Lider’ developed by Russia is truly unique. It can cross the thickest ice cap at a speed of up to ten feet a second. The dimensions of it are also good according to the needs.
Russia is also building a massive warship that will be strong enough to crush ice like a tin can. It will eventually replace the current fleet of just three ships capable of carrying out such operations in the areas around the Northern Sea Route. The project named Yakutia is all set to be delivered in 2024 and another project named Chukotka will be ready by 2026. Russia has pushed the launch date for its giant new icebreaker to 2027, a top lawmaker said this week, even though the country is currently having an economic crisis and doesn’t have any actual plans to send it to the Arctic.
When it comes to the development of Arctic strategy, Russia is a master in breaking through the ice. The US and China are only just starting to make their way in the icy waters. Because the Arctic is getting warmer, many people have expressed doubt that Russia will maintain its Arctic supremacy. However, Russian authorities are closely monitoring the situation and are taking all necessary measures to prevent simultaneous loss of power and territory.
Designed to operate in year-round ice conditions, a powerful nuclear reactor powers the Leader. Rosatom plans to build three more icebreakers by 2033.