Type 210 icebreaker

Type 210 icebreaker with NATO reporting name Yanbing (延冰) class is the second generation icebreaker indigenously developed by China for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

Class overview
Operators:  People's Liberation Army Navy
Preceded by: Type 071 icebreaker
Succeeded by: Type 272 icebreaker
In service: 1982–
Completed: 1
Active: 1
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,420 tonnes (4,350 long tons; 4,870 short tons)
Length: 102 m (334 ft 8 in)
Beam: 17.1 m (56 ft 1 in)
Draft: 5.9 m (19 ft 4 in)
Installed power: Two diesel engines
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Complement: 95
Armament: Twin 37 mm gun

Type 210 icebreaker is the improvement over earlier Type 071 icebreakers and it is larger than its predecessor. Type 210 is more capable than its predecessor in that it can break ice of 1.2 meter thick, as opposed to 1 meter thick of Type 071 series. In the 1990s, the forward twin 37 mm gun onboard Type 210 is removed during modernization, with large amount of electronic arrays added, thus also becoming a spy ship. In addition to performing icebreaking and electronic intelligence gathering missions, the third role of Type 210 icebreaker is to perform hydrographic research missions. The name of Type 210 is Haibing (海冰), meaning Sea Ice in Chinese. Specification:[1]

 Type   Pennant #   Launched   Commissioned   Status   Fleet 
210 Haibing 723 1980s Dec 31, 1982 Active North Sea Fleet


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