The Barents Observer: Navy pilots take off to new Arctic bases
The upgrade of Russia’s far northern airfields is almost competed and the naval air force has got enhanced capability to neutralize threats. That includes the ones located under the ice.
The comprehensive construction and upgrade of new airfields in the high Arctic has been practically completed and we are flying there and back, says Mayor General Igor Kozhin, leader of the Russian Naval Air Force.
Russia has over the last years invested heavily in military bases all over its wide-stretched Arctic, and there are now potent forces deployed all the way from the westernmost archipelago of Franz Josef Land to the Wrangle Island near the Bering Strait. In addition comes the bases on Novaya Zemlya, Severnaya Zemlya and the New Siberian Island. New bases and air fields are also located on the Arctic mainland, from the Kola Peninsula to Cape Shmidt in the Chukotka Peninsula. The new base in Tiksi, was started in fall 2018 and is planned completed already in the course of the first half year of 2019.
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WNU Editor: No other nation has the military presence in the arctic that Russia has.