A Chinese document requesting bids from industry for a nuke-fueled icebreaker has spurred discussion about the development being a natural step toward the development of a nuclear-powered carrier.
A bid relating to an nuclear-powered icebreaker, some people believe it's the second step toward the construction of an nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. https://t.co/dBX8j5Mk3G— dafeng cao (@xinfengcao) June 22, 2018
"This is China's first nuclear powered ship, which is of great significance to China's development of nuclear-powered vessels," China's Global Times reported Friday.
"The ship's nuclear power unit is huge and can be applied to a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, once updated, so it can be seen as a preparation for the aircraft carrier," the Global Times report noted.
Russia's Taymyr icebreaker is powered by nuclear reactors, a technological feat reserved for the most sophisticated developers in the world.
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The US Navy's Nimitz- and Ford-class aircraft carriers are powered by nuclear energy, too. France's Charles de Gaulle carrier is the only non-American carrier featuring nuclear energy generation processes on board the ship.
As reported by Sputnik International News in February, Beijing aims to field a nuclear-powered carrier of its own by 2025. China's ambition is to have four carrier groups operating with the People's Liberation Army-Navy by 2030. The Liaoning recently became the lead ship of the PLA-N's first combat-capable carrier strike group.