Contents tagged with Arctic

  • 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 …

  • US begins submarine exercises in Arctic

    The US Navy has begun a five-week submarine exercise off the north coast of Alaska. The “Ice Exercises 2018” or ICEX18 will involve breaking through Arctic ice and the collection of scientific data.

    “We are constantly testing new tactics, techniques and procedures under the ice, and this exercise will enable us to do this on a larger scale, alongside our British and academic partners,” said Rear Admiral James Pitts, commander of the Undersea Warfare Development Center.The Navy will establish a …

  • Media: Russia intends to cut financing of its Arctic development program by 17 times

    The strategic state program for the development of the Arctic, which is overseen by the Ministry of Economic Development, was conceived as a large-scale project for the development of the region. The department asked to allocate 209 billion rubles ($354 million) for its implementation through 2020, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Alexander Tsybulsky, said at the end of January. However, as RBC wrote in May, following a series of meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, …