Contents tagged with Arctic

  • Danish intelligence: Russia is building new airbase in Arctic

    In the Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land, Russia is building a new military airbase where it will station fighter aircraft. The new infrastructure will be ready in 2020, which is extremely concerning to Denmark, TV2 Norge reports, citing Danish military intelligence.

    According to Danish intelligence, Russia’s new airbase in Franz Josef Land will be the northern-most in the world, which will help Russia to strengthen its hold over the Arctic. Satellite images show that work is currently …

  • Russia plans to protect Arctic with air defense dome

    Commander in chief of the Russian Northern Fleet, vice-admiral Aleksandr Moiseyev, said in an interview with the newspaper of the Russian Defense Ministry Krasnaya Zvezda, that in the coming years anti-aircraft dome will be created over the Russian part of the Arctic. The project will be implemented after all military divisions in the region will receive the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.

    "The Arctic will be protected from any means of enemy's air attack, including aircraft, cruise or …

  • Danish intelligence concerned by Russia-US confrontation in Arctic

    The geopolitical rivalry between the US, China and Russia is causing tension in the Arctic region to increase, states a report published on Friday, November 29, by the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste, DDIS). The document contains an analysis of the primary international threats for 2019.

    According to the kingdom’s intelligence department, Russia “considers its extended Arctic coastline its most vulnerable flank for an unexpected US precision strike” using …

  • Russia tests hypersonic Kinjal missile in Arctic

    In November, Russian MiG-31K fighter jet launched the first hypersonic Kinjal (Dagger) missile in the Arctic at the Pemboy military range, reports TASS, citing a source in the Russian defense industry.

    "The missile was launched at a ground target located at the Pemboy military range from a MiG-31K fighter jet that took off from the Olenegorsk airbase," said’ one of the interlocutors.

    Another source confirmed the fact that the tests of Kinjal missile have been conducted, noting that "the speed …

  • Russia rehearses global catastrophe in Arctic maneuvers

    Russia’s Grom-2019 (“Thunder-2019”) strategic exercise conducted from October 15-17 in the Arctic can be described as “a rehearsal of all-out nuclear war” according to Alexander Golts, editor-in-chief of the Russian online magazine Yezhednevny Zhurnal (Daily Journal).

    As reported previously by the Russian Defense Ministry, the exercise involved troops from all four of Russia’s military districts and its Northern Fleet. During the training maneuvers, the Russian military practiced “deploying …

  • Russia begins large-scale military exercises in Arctic

    The Russian Defense Ministry has initiated large-scale maneuvers with its Strategic Nuclear Forces (RVSN) in the Arctic.

    The Grom-2019 (“Thunder-2019”) exercise will involve more than 12,000 military personnel, 213 RVSN launchers, 105 aircraft, including five strategic missile carriers, 15 surface ships and five nuclear submarines, as well as 310 items of combat and special equipment, the TASS news agency reports, citing a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.

    During the maneuvers, …

  • Russia conducts nuclear submarine drills in Arctic

    Three Russian nuclear submarines investigated the possibility of using weapons under the ice in the Arctic, announced Vadim Serga, spokesperson for Russia’s North Fleet.

    “The North Fleet’s nuclear submarine crews rehearsed preparing to operate under the Arctic’s icy conditions. The nuclear missile cruisers ‘Tula’, ‘Novomoskovsk’, and ‘Severodvinsk’ were given objectives to complete under the ice,” Interfax cites the spokesperson as saying.

    Serga added that the submarines had practiced …

  • Russia to send Tu-160 strategic bombers to Arctic

    Russia’s Long Range Aviation is expanding its geographical area of activity and the scope of its operations, Lieutenant-General Sergey Kobylash, commander of the Long Range Aviation, told the newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda in an interview. He claims that the Defense Ministry intends to reinforce the defense of the Russian Arctic using Tu-160 strategic missile carriers.

    “The flights of strategic bomber-missile carrier crews to the equator, to Indonesia, mean that the range of assignments is growing …

  • Russian warplanes intervene into NATO’s Arctic exercise

    The Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that Russian Anti-Submarine Aviation recently detected NATO’s submarines carrying out tactical drills in the Arctic.  Two maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare aircrafts Tu-142 (NATO’s reporting name: Bear) had spotted and followed nuclear submarines of the Armed Forces of the United States and the United Kingdom participating in the Ice Exercise 2018 large-scale war games in the Beaufort Sea.

    Izvestia reports that the Russian warplanes also …

  • Putin: Russia's military bases in Arctic established for good

    Russia will not threaten anyone with weapons from the Arctic but it will ensure its security based on its territorial strength, stated Russian President Vladimir Putin in the documentary titled “Putin” by Andrey Kondrashov.

    The Russian leader noted that Russians have not only returned to the Arctic but “have settled again and firmly.” The newest system for tracking launches of rockets has been set up on an air defense base established in the Arctic region. The airfield is being constructed on …