A icebreaker in the Kara Sea. By 2035, Russia stands to have a fleet of 13 heavy icebreakers, including nine nuclear-powered ones. File photo: AFP

Vladimir Putin boasts of growing nuclear icebreaker fleet as he outlines Russia’s ambitious Arctic expansion plans

  • Russia, which has about half the Arctic coastline, is building new bases and stepping up air and naval activity in the region
  • By 2035, Russia stands to have a fleet of 13 heavy icebreakers, including nine nuclear-powered ones,
Topic |   Russia

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A icebreaker in the Kara Sea. By 2035, Russia stands to have a fleet of 13 heavy icebreakers, including nine nuclear-powered ones. File photo: AFP
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Russia’s Taymyr-class icebreaker has similar dimensions to China’s proposed ship. Photo: Handout

Could China’s ‘experimental’ ship be the world’s biggest nuclear-powered icebreaker?

  • State-owned firm China General Nuclear Power Group invites bids to build vessel similar in size to Russian nuclear icebreakers
  • Project could be stepping stone to building nuclear aircraft carriers
Topic |   China military

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Russia’s Taymyr-class icebreaker has similar dimensions to China’s proposed ship. Photo: Handout
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