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In the US, believe the ice breaker "Ivan Papanin" offensive weapons

The installation of the missiles "Caliber" the icebreaker is not defensive, but offensive step, said Thursday the commander of the U.S. Navy in Europe and Africa Admiral James Foggo

"Russia is aggressive in his approach to the Arctic. They recently presented a new ice breaker "Ivan Papanin", which can carry cruise missiles "Caliber". I already asked this question a few times and will ask again: who put missiles on the icebreakers? Some countries put defensive armament on their icebreakers, but "Caliber" has no defensive weapons," he said during the webinar.

The Admiral drew attention to the deployment of new Russian bases in the Arctic and the deployment of s-400.

"We see a new area of competition at sea in the Arctic, where you need a strong fleet to protect common interests and to ensure the normal conduct of trade flows", - said Foggo.

The head patrol ship ice class of the project 23550 "Ivan Papanin" was launched in October 2019, is to be commissioned on 25 November 2023. The second ship of the "Nikolay Zubov" was founded in November 2019, delivery is scheduled for November 2024.

The ship, designed by Central marine design Bureau "Almaz", combines the functionality of the tugboat, patrol boats and an icebreaker. The project is the latest development in the interests of equipping the surface component of the Navy.

It is designed for protection and monitoring of water resources in difficult ice conditions, escorting and towing in the port of detained ships, and support vessels participating in rescue operations, transportation of special cargo.

Multifunctional patrol ship ice class will be able to break ice up to 1,7 meters. It has a displacement of about 9 thousand tons, a hull length of 100 meters, width - about 20 meters, full speed of about 18 knots, endurance of 70 days. The ship will be equipped with a portable anti-aircraft missile systems artillery. The possibility of permanent deployment of the ship's helicopter. The ship will be installed radar lighting air and surface conditions and meteorological station.

The ship will be able to effectively perform tasks in the Arctic zone, both independently and as part of groups of warships, and to perform escort functions in the Arctic communications.