Russia wants to put 200kW LASERS on its nuclear 'combat icebreakers' to smash through 5ft of sea ice



Designed to patrol the Arctic Ocean, Russia is building two new 'combat icebreakers' capable of smashing through five feet (1.5 metres) of sea ice.
Rumours suggest that the ships, which are part of 'Project 23550', will be fitted with high-powered 200kW lasers to help cut through the dense ice.
The first ship is expected to be ready by early 2018, and the second in 2020. 
They could go some way to cementing Russia's dominance of the Arctic, an area where it's hoping to create a new trading routes.
While the lasers have reportedly just for cutting the ice, some say they may also have... read more

 
27 July 2017 in Science &Technology, Views: 55
Source: Daily Mail
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