Model of Lider-class destroyer preliminary design on ARMY-2015. Photo: Wikipedia

As the US Navy probes why so many of its destroyers are colliding in Asian waters, the Independent Barents Observer reports that Russia’s Navy has been given the go-ahead for the design of a new generation of nuclear-powered destroyers.

The Norway-based online website says the eight new Lider-class warships will be more heavily-armed than any other surface ship in the Russian Navy. They will also form the backbone of a new oceangoing surface fleet. Some are expected to serve with Russia’s Arctic-based Northern Fleet.

According to news agency RIA Novosti, each of the nuke destroyers will be armed with 200 anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles as well as the S-500 long-range anti-aircraft missile system. Preliminary work on the ships will start in 2018.