Ivan Susanin-class icebreaker

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Russian coast guard vessel 183.jpg
Russian Coast Guard Project 97P Border Patrol Icebreaker Volga (#183).
Class overview
Builders: Admiralty Yard, Leningrad
Built: 1975-1981
In commission: 1975-present day
Completed: 8
Active: 6
Retired: 2?
General characteristics
Type: Icebreaker patrol vessel
Displacement: 3,400 tons full load
Length: 70 m
Beam: 18.3 m
Draught: 6.5 m
Propulsion: 2 shaft diesel electric 4,800 hp
Speed: 14.5 knots
Range: 13,000 nm at 9.5 knots
Complement: 140
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar: 2 x Don Kay, 1 Strut Curve, 1 Owl Screech
  • 2 × 76mm guns
  • 2 AK630 CIWS guns
Aviation facilities: helicopter pad

The Ivan Susanin class is a group of icebreaker Patrol ships operated by the Russian maritime border guard. The Soviet designation is Project 97P. The ships are also known as the Aysberg class patrol ice breakers.


These ships are modified versions of the Dobrynya Nikitich class civilian icebreaker. They are armed with a twin 76mm gun mounting forward and two AK630 CIWS guns aft as well as having a helicopter pad and surveillance radar.


Eight ships were built between 1975 and 1981 by Admiralty yard, Leningrad - 6 are operational and two have been retired.

  • Aysberg - 1974 based in the Pacific
  • Dunaii - 1977 based in the Pacific
  • Imeni XXVI S'yezda KPSS (renamed Murmansk) - 1978, Northern Fleet
  • Ivan Susanin - operated by the Russian Navy as a support ship
  • Neva
  • Ruslan
  • Volga - 1980 Pacific
  • Sadko
  • Vladimir Karvaiyski

See also