United Shipbuilding Corporation’s (USC) Admiralty Shipyard has launched Ivan Papanin, the Russian Navy’s first icebreaking patrol ship to be built under Project 23550.
The vessel honours the late Ivan Dmitrievich Papanin, a Soviet Navy admiral and polar explorer. Once completed, it will have a length of 114 metres, a beam of 18 metres, a draught of six metres, a cruising speed of 10 knots, and a maximum speed of 18 knots.
Armament will consist of one 76-millimetre naval gun and eight Kalibr surface-to-surface missiles.
Ivan Papanin will also be used for secondary towing, ship escort, and scientific missions.
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