America called the most powerful Russian weapon in the Arctic
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The most powerful weapons of the Russian Federation in the Arctic are its icebreakers. With their help, Moscow is trying to take over the Arctic region.
This point of view was voiced by analyst Caleb Larson in his article for the magazine National Interest, reports BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the expert, Arctic-type icebreakers have a double thick hull that breaks through the ice. In addition, the vessels are equipped with an inner hull, the thickness of which is even greater. Sea water serves as a ballast between the hulls.
Icebreakers of the Arctic type are capable of breaking ice three meters thick, and this despite the fact that this vessel is not the fastest. An icebreaker can also release hot water to make ice thinner. The analyst notes that countries showing interest in the Arctic will in any case be forced to break the ice.
The one who will be able to get ahead of competitors and get there first will win. The author of the article believes that Russia has a great advantage in this regard. Earlier, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza noted that NATO countries are largely inferior to Russia in the struggle for the Arctic, rich in useful resources.
Recall that last October in St. Petersburg a ceremony was launched to launch the lead ice class patrol ship Ivan Papanin, project 23550. The vessel is designed to operate in harsh conditions in the Arctic region.
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