ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — Russia's new Project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker dubbed "Arktika" will be launched in less than three weeks, United Shipbuilding Corporation President Alexei Rakhmanov said Tuesday.
"The date has not yet been finalized, but this event will take place within the next two or two and a half weeks," Rakhmanov told reporters.
The corporation currently plans to build two more icebreakers of the series, he added.
Earlier in May, the director general of Russia's nuclear icebreaker fleet operator Rosatomflot said that Arktika will be launched from the Baltic Shipyard in the summer of 2016 ahead of its late 2017 planned launch. Nuclear fuel for the vessel's RITM-200 nuclear-power reactors is to be produced by the TVEL fuel company by the end of the year.
In 2014, the Baltic Shipyard signed a contract worth 84.4 billion rubles ($1.2 billion) with Rosatom to build two Project 22220 icebreakers by 2020. The ships will be commissioned in December 2019 and December 2020 respectively.