Russian company develops ship-mounted ice-cutting laser

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Russian technology company Shvabe Holding said it is ready to begin testing its latest creation — a ship-mounted laser cannon that can cut through ice.

“We developed this ship-mounted laser for exploration and development in the Arctic, which has difficult ice conditions where platforms must operate and ships must pass through. This laser works like glass cutters, snipping away at the ice, and then the ship, using its own weight, can push through,” CEO Sergey Maksin said at the international exhibition Defense Expo.

The laser cannon is being mounted on an icebreaker and tested, the company said. The laser also can cut ice heading toward oil and gas platforms in the Arctic seas, making it easier to break up the ice, according to the company.

Maksin said that if the tests are successful, the lasers also can be placed on lightweight ice-class vessels to help ensure the delivery of products along northern Siberian rivers, where ice is thinner.

The first deliveries of the device can be expected in 2015.

Related

Yamaha Updates Midrange Outboards

The F250 and F300 now share features from Yamaha’s 425XTO engine, such as Digital Electric Steering and Thrust Enhancing Reverse Exhaust.

Yanmar Names Power Solutions Division Manager

Carl J. Micu will oversee sales and the development of long-term growth plans.

Lippert Components Rebrands

The company’s core line of marine, RV and commercial products, including Lewmar and Taylor Made, will be branded as Lippert.

‘A Strong Finish to a Strong Year’

Booming demand for boats continued as the year ended, with the industry posting the highest number of sales since 2007.

Culture Summit 2.0

Correct Craft will gather “organizational culture drivers” for its second summit, which will take place virtually March 3.

Quick Hits: January 22, 2021

B.A.S.S. now taking noms for ‘21 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team and Yacht Sentinel teams with Fountaine Pajot to equip its lineup with connected boat technology.