Russian Navy Plans Nuclear-Powered Destroyer

Russian destroyer

By MarEx 2015-02-24 17:51:11

Russia's Navy is seeking to use nuclear power to fuel its new destroyers, according to Navy Chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov.

The Moscow Times reports the admiral saying nuclear power is a top priority for the vessels which are still at design stage.

Typically nuclear power is used for vessels such as submarines that remain at sea for a long time. However, the concept works well for Russia as it is looking to expand its global reach with limited refueling facilities available beyond home shores.

President Vladimir Putin has an ambitious rearmament program, and four different kinds of submarines are currently under construction. Additionally, by 2050, Russia hopes to have built a new fleet of destroyers and cruisers. A new aircraft carrier is also being considered.

There are more than 270 ships, submarines and warfare boats believed to be in active service in the Russian Navy.