Russia’s Zvezda shipyard has begun construction of the first Leader-class nuclear icebreaker, according to Rosatom subsidiary Rosatomflot. The flagship vessel will be named ‘Russia’.

“It will become the most powerful icebreaking vessel in the history of global shipbuilding,” the company said, adding that it “has no analogues in the world.” It also said that the “Leader project will become the basis of the new generation Russian icebreaking fleet.”

The ‘Leader’, or new Project 10510 icebreaker, got the green light in April, when Zvezda and Rosatomflot signed a contract for its construction. The icebreaker is expected to become operational in 2027.


A model of the ‘Leader’ icebreaker ©

“The unique icebreaker has exceptional characteristics to operate year-round in the eastern Arctic,” said Rosatomflot CEO Mustafa Kashka.