According to a subsidiary of the Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom, a new “heart” of nuclear reactors for atomic submarines has been created and tested for the first time in Russia, a facility that can function throughout the life of the submarine without the need to refuel nuclear fuel.
The so-called “active zone” is the “heart” of the reactor. It contains the nuclear fuel and it is precisely in that the chain reaction occurs. The new technology of the subsidiary OKBM Afrikantov means that Russian submarines will not need refuelling.
According to the former commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Vyacheslav Popov, the creation of the “eternal” reactor has enormous importance for the Russian Navy’s combat readiness.
“With such a reactor [which does not require refuelling] the efficiency coefficient of the submarine increases several times,” Popov said.
In the list of fourth generation submarines are those of the Borei and Yasen project.
In addition, it was stated that Russia could help South Korea build a nuclear reactor for oceanic ships based on the RITM-200 reactor, which will be installed in the brand new Russian atomic icebreakers.
“In November 2017, during the meeting in Nizhny Novgorod, representatives of the Korean Institute of Atomic Energy Research (KAERI) reported that the Korean side currently considers the possibility of developing the concept of a new reactor with the power from 150-200 megawatts to ocean vessels based on the design of the RITM-200 reactor, “says the Rosatom subsidiary report.
“The Russian side said it was ready to cooperate with the Korean side in the fabrication of a ‘turnkey’ nuclear reactor if Korea sends its official request for cooperation to Russia and has the necessary approval from the government corporation Rosatom,” he adds. the document.
The RITM-200 is a nuclear reactor developed by the company OKBM Afrikantov intended to be installed in nuclear breakers and floating atomic stations.
Source: Sputnik News